Body Talk, February 2019

Osteoarthritis (OA) – prevention is better than cure

Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease that often affects middle age to elderly humans and animals, it’s commonly referred to as wear and tear of the joints, but we now know that OA is a disease of the entire joint, involving cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bones. OA is possibly one of the most under-diagnosed diseases in the world. By the time there is an onset of pain, swelling and lack of mobility the disease is in advanced stage and can be life changing.  

At this stage in human health there is no known cure, however there are many ways we can prevent and help ease OA. Top four tips for prevention.

1. Diet

Excellent arthritis fighting foods are (and not limited to): fish, cherries and berries, dairy, broccoli and nuts.

2. Exercise and weight control

Being overweight is the single most important point for prevention and treatment for OA, Weight loss will improve inflammation and increase mobility. Decreasing sugar and salt intake and including whole foods into your diet along with moving your body every single day, it takes 21 days to start to change habits, start with simple achievable goals.

3. Hydration

The human body is up to 70% water. Hydration can be achieved not just through drinking water. A recommended water intake each day is eight glasses per day, however you can also achieve hydration through green, black and white teas, raw vegetables and fruits, juices, smoothies and—stop the press—coffee. A cup of good quality coffee has so many other health benefits too.   

4. Allied Health 

Hands on body treatment can do wonders for your body, Massage, Osteopathy, Acupuncture to name a few can help balance your body in terms of structure and function if you have sore spots, pain, or structural imbalance some allied health treatment will help you to become pain free to then move on to strengthening exercises through Pilates, a personal trainer or exercise physiologist.  

So, there you have it folks some well researched tips to help prevent the onset of one of the most prevalent diseases sweeping human and animal kind.  Prevention far better than cure.  

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