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  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • March 2018
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Oh my aching joints!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, joint pain affects up to 54 million Americans — 23 percent of all adults. Ouch! Today we will discuss strategies to help overcome these pains and make it a great year!

1. Move

Our mantra in the office is “motion is lotion.” Keeping the joints moving is crucial to better joint health. Whether you are participating in group gym classes or hitting the treadmill in the basement, keeping joints moving and lubricated is a must. Warm water classes or water walking in addition can be so beneficial for those aching joints. I frequently work out with friends and we help each other stay on course. A new addition to my workout routine this year is a Peloton spin bike, which has been a great tool for consistent workouts, loaded with great music and instructors as well as a large variety of music choices to choose from to spin the minutes away and hopefully some fat too.

2. Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a great avenue to consider for both spine and extremity (arm and leg) pains. Chiropractic is now mainstream and has been supported in numerous journals in the literature for the first line of defense when encountering joint pain, and is traditionally covered by most insurance companies in Wisconsin. A common goal for chiropractors is to help restore joint function and decrease pain. Gentle spinal alignments can be most beneficial for both children and adults. My youngest patient in the office is 4 days old and my oldest is 97!

3. Weight Control

Maintaining a healthy weight will cause less stress on your joints. Did you know that every extra pound of weight equates to approximately four pounds of extra stress on the knees? So that 10 or 20 pounds of extra padding adds up quickly with each step! The number one cause of knee pain is obesity.

4. Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in joint and bone health and is easily evaluated by a simple blood test. Unfortunately the sunshine, which is our source of vitamin D, isn’t always present in the Midwest. Add sunscreen and one can quickly see how easy it is to become deficient, even in the height of summer.

Magnesium is a great mineral, which I use as an anti-inflammatory in both my chiropractic and functional medicine practice, that can also help with joint pain. Magnesium is needed in over 300 chemical reactions in the body to function optimally. In addition, it also aids in muscle relaxation and helps to promote sleep, therefore nighttime can be ideal for this supplement. Another favorite and effective spice is turmeric, which gives curry its golden yellow color. It has been used in the Indian culture for centuries. Curcumin is the active anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric.

If you suffer from joint pains, let us help you get back on track and make it a great year!

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe is a board-certified chiropractor who has been helping families achieve better health for 25 years. She is certified in functional medicine, nutritional counseling and is a certified gluten practitioner. She is on the Fox Valley Celiac Board and counsels newly diagnosed Celiac and gluten sensitive patients. She also has additional training from the Hashimoto Institute.Her office is located at Nussbaum Chiropractic, 873 N. Casaloma Drive in Appleton. Call 920-734-2400 to get started on a better path to health!

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