As a member of the Atlanta Track Club Women’s competitive team and a teacher who lifts and aids students with disabilities, I have more than my share of wear and tear on my joints and muscles. I just recently experienced a setback with a diagnosis of Runner’s Knee and arthritis in both knees. I am beginning to realize that just like brakes in a car, your joints also have a shelf life! Taking care of your body and mind should be a priority throughout the year. There are proven practices that will help your body from wearing out! I caught some good advice from some individuals who are very knowledgeable in this area!
I went to an Atlanta Track Club member’s New Year’s Day party and gravitated towards the Masters Runners who are running strong still, after forty years, plus or minus. The first runner I approached was a runner who was also a doctor. He was happy to give me some good advice, recommending glucosamine supplements. As a doctor, he suggested that I speak to my primary care physician prior to starting a regimen. The Mayo Clinic notes that, “several studies… report benefits of glucosamine in treating osteoarthritis of various joints of the body.”
My next prospect was a man who is 66 years of age. As luck would have it, we usually run about the same times and I get to see him rather frequently. He mentioned that he recently experienced some right hip pain when standing up from a sitting position. Another runner asked him if he crossed his legs a certain way, and low and behold he realized he crossed his legs on that particular side. He discovered that it is important to sit correctly, with two feet firmly on the ground. Good posture and positioning benefit your joints! I was on a roll at this party. Free advice from some really experienced people!
I approached a very successful Masters Woman runner and asked her the same thing. How do you keep your joints working?! She informed me that her chiropractor and massage therapist were on her speed dial on her cell phone and she takes long, hot Epsom salt baths. For those of us who do have the financial ability to schedule routine visits, I did some research. Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. wrote a great article on PsychCentral.com about this very subject. She recommended contacting your local university “training clinic.”* The graduate students can work on you at a discounted charge.
I personally learned a lot at the New Year’s Day party, and I plan on tackling my knee ailments with this great advice. I sincerely hope this helps you too! If you are experiencing knee or back problems, contact your doctor or speak to a spinal specialist before pursuing any vigorous exercise: laserspinaloperations.com