There are many conditions which can affect your joints, and these can significantly affect your mobility and comfort. As such, your joints can be subject to a lot of wear and tear so it is important to look after them wherever possible.
A joint is any connection between bones in your body.
There are many different types of joints which can provide a wide and varied range of motion such as your fingers, or can simply keep a body part in a fixed place such as your ribs. There are over 250 joints in your body and these allow us to perform all our everyday movements from chewing to typing to running. As such, your joints can be subject to a lot of wear and tear so it is important to look after them wherever possible.
The Different Types of Joints
When you think of a joint you most likely think of a joint like the knee or elbow that allows your arm to move about. While there are many types of joints that freely move, there are also a fair share of joints that barely move or even are immovable.
While a majority of people focus on the health of freely moving joints, it is also important to remember that there are more types. The joints in the spine, for instance, are only able to move slightly, yet their health can have a large impact on your overall wellbeing.
Understanding the differences between joint types can ensure you find a way to best support all joint types.
Diathrosis joints are what you commonly think of as “joints.” These joints are able to facilitate movement and are largely responsible for your ability to be mobile. The knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders are all examples of diarthrosis joints.
Because these joints allow for motion across them, diarthroses are slightly more complex than other joint types. Unliked fused immobile joints, mobile joints often require a series of structures like cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and synovial fluid to allow for the near-frictionless movement of bones.
Amphiarthroses represent the joints in the body that allows for limited movement. Examples include the spinal joints and pubic symphysis. Amphiarthroses joints are great for structures like the spine that need slight mobility, but also need to have the rigidity to keep you upright.
Synarthroses joints can be thought of more as points of bone fusion. The joint is immovable and contains dense fibrous tissue. The most well-known synarthroses joints are located on the skull.
When you are a newborn you have an area on the head that is called a soft spot. This soft spot is due to the synarthroses joints in the skull not being fully developed. The skull is often thought of as one large bone, but in reality, it is made up of many smaller bones that then become fused together utilizing synarthroses joints. While these joints are immovable, they play an important role in the body and are of equal importance.
The top 5 ways you can protect your joints long into old age
1. Watch your weight
Keeping your weight within a healthy range is one of the best things you can do for your joints. Weight-bearing joints like your knees, hips, and ankles, must support some, if not all, of your body weight. That's why so many overweight people have problems with these areas of the body. Losing weight reduces pressure on your knees, hips, and back and helps prevent joint injury. Being overweight or obese is also linked to higher levels of circulating inflammatory molecules in the body, and this can also contribute to painful or swollen joints, further worsening the issue.
2. Get moving
Exercise can not only help you lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight, it’s also been shown that regular movement is best thing for stiff joints too. If your joints bother you, opt for low-impact exercises that won't give your joints a pounding. Instead of step aerobics or running, try swimming or cycling.
Regular activity doesn’t have be confined to the gym or sports field either. Couch potatoes, computer addicts and office workers have a high risk for developing joint discomfort or stiffness. So, get up and get moving! Change positions frequently and take the stairs. Take frequent breaks at work and stretch or go for a short walk. If you can't leave the office, try taking phone calls while standing or consider trying a standing desk.
3. Eat well
A healthy diet is good for your joints, because it helps build the bones and muscles around your joints. For your bones, make sure you get enough calcium every day. You can do this by eating foods such as milk, yogurt and green vegetables. For your muscles, you need to get enough protein, but exactly how much you need depends on your age, sex, and activity levels. Good protein sources include meats, seafood, beans, legumes, and nuts. The key is a balanced diet to ensure you are getting all the macro and micro nutrients you need without over-consuming any particular nutrient or food.
4. Protect your posture
Good posture is especially important for those of us with office jobs who tend to be sitting down for a large proportion of the working day. It is important to sit up straight and not slouch, and to make sure your chair is at the correct height for writing, typing, using a mouse and viewing a computer. Many workplaces offer ergonomic review services so make use of them if you can. If you use a computer all day, an ergonomic keyboard and mouse can help significantly and can be the difference between a productive work environment or a painful daily slog with strained joints and tendons. Good posture also reaches to the way you sleep, stand and walk, as well as using the proper form in the gym and good running shoes. Finally, you can support your joints with braces and guards if necessary. Other small measures like using a kneeling pad while gardening can also make a big difference.
5. Choose the best support supplement
While the above tips are the best ways to look after your joints, a daily supplement with high quality, research-backed ingredients may give your joints the support which makes the difference.
MitoQ Joint Support is the only product in the world to include both the powerful mitochondria-targeted MitoQ, and the unique natural health benefits of pure New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel Oil Extract (GLME). MitoQ is the only antioxidant available that rapidly and significantly targets the energy factories of your cells, your mitochondria. GLME is a unique blend of dozens of essential fatty acids (including a full spectrum of omega-3s) and marine sterols which has been clinically shown to be superior to fish oil in supporting normal joint function and mobility.
These exceptional ingredients, MitoQ and GLME, combine to create a safe and potent super supplement, recommended for anyone seeking to add extra support to their joint and mobility care regime.
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Reviewed by: Kai Man Yuen/ BSc., PGDipSci., MSc.