We had some great discussions at our recent workshop on Joint Health in Santa Clara, CA!
It’s energizing to see the Platinum Family engaged and motivated in fulfilling their highest health potential. That’s why we work hard to regularly provide the latest health information in our newsletters and deep dive into important topics during our workshops.
Joint Health is a hot topic that we see many folks struggle with, and we aggregate the most important and impactful information in the workshops to empower you to take control of your health.
Weren’t able to make it to our Santa Clara Joint Health Workshop?
Here’s a recap with an abbreviated version of Dr. Karo’s talk to get your gears turning on Joint Health!
To better understand joint health, we must first understand how our bodies work. Our bodies have an innate intelligence, and it constantly works to maintain our health. It always responds to our lifestyles, what we eat, and our environment, indicating that we must consciously nourish our bodies via those avenues. Always remember to move well, eat well and think well.
When it comes to our joints and joint health, there is only one way our joints can receive nutrients and expel waste. Unlike other organs, joints have no pump and can only receive oxygen and nutrients from the surrounding fluid by movement. For instance, when you bend your elbow, pressure squeezes fluid & waste out of the cartilage. Once you straighten your elbow back out, pressure is relieved and fluid seeps back in along with oxygen and nutrients. Therefore, every joint in your body needs to move to its full range regularly to stay healthy.
So what happens when we live a more sedentary lifestyle and don’t move regularly?
Lack of movement causes dysafferentation, leading to increased cortisol levels and nociceptive input – negative signals that tell the brain that injury is likely or imminent. In response, our nervous system does its best to stabilize the area by shrinking or tightening the joint, also known as joint contracture. Joint contracture results in pain, deformity and loss of flexibility/range of motion. This is just one example of various detrimental conditions that can develop due to immobility.
With sustained lack of movement and increased tension, bones and ligaments degenerate alongside joints, resulting in structural decay, arthritis and osteoporosis. Some effects are irreversible without chiropractic care as adjustments are needed to restore biomechanical function, improve range of motion and, even more importantly, improve your immune-regulatory function.
Aside from also reducing pain and inflammation, adjustments help you heal by supporting your nervous system. “The quality of healing is directly proportional to the functional capacity of the central nervous system.”- Janson Edwards
On the other hand,
Do you ever notice how good it feels after you stretch?
Stretching feels good because when you move, you send proprioceptive input to the brain, which are positive signals that help keep our bodies upright and balanced in dynamic situations. Practicing joint hygiene with a full range of motion on all your joints daily will pump in good nutrients, cleanse out toxins, and replenish cartilage lubrication, reducing stiffness and pain. Your joints are counting on you to move!
Historically, traditional medicine has encouraged people to refrain from movement after an injury. However, studies have shown that this actually inhibits the healing process, as movement is an essential factor in healing and building new tissue.
So how do we give our bodies the best capabilities for building new tissue after enduring physical, chemical or emotional stress? And how can we maintain the health of our joints as our cells are constantly regenerating?
Food plays a major role in cellular rebuilding. What we ingest is the difference between aiding or hurting our healing process. Imagine trying to fix a broken house with absolutely no supplies – ha! Proper nutrients through diet and supplements are needed to rebuild healthy cells. Otherwise, our bodies do their best with lesser-quality building blocks during cell regeneration.
To put this into perspective with specific examples, let’s look at Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Prostaglandins found in Omega-3s stimulate joint repair and tissue regeneration. Higher amounts of Omega-3 are found in foods like avocados, chia seeds and fatty fish. Eating the right foods can significantly help, though it is also important to consider removing factors actively inhibiting your healing. Medication can negatively affect your nutrient absorption as medications such as pain relievers have been shown to inhibit prostaglandin formation. Furthermore, Omega-6 – a counterpart to Omega-3 – are pro-inflammatory fatty acids that create more stiffening and tension in joints. They halt absorption and rebuilding and are often found in cheap seed oils and grains.
In order to give our bodies the right ingredients for cell regeneration, food is the primary and most essential step. However, one important factor to consider is that food is produced differently than it was prior to modern agriculture. The nutrient density of the foods we eat has unfortunately gone down drastically as practices are more geared toward commercial mass production than for nutritional value (e.g. GMOs). Because of this, we always recommend supplementing a few of the most important nutrients for our body, including Vitamin D, Omega-3s and Magnesium.
To summarize the recap Keep your joints in the best shape possible by:
- daily motion and exercise for joint hygiene
- restoring biomechanical function via chiropractic adjustments
- Proper diet to promote healing and to reduce inflammation
- supplementation of high-quality vital nutrients we need in order to build healthy cells
Diligence in applying these lifestyle changes is key to increasing the longevity of your joints and overall health. Missed the workshop and/or have more questions on joint health or any of these points? Feel free to chat to the front desk! – (408) 533-0553