Helpful Orthopedic Self-Care Tips
Your body’s musculoskeletal system is a complex masterwork made up of thousands of moving parts that performs like a well-oiled machine. Whatever movements you make — walking, stretching, reaching, bending, flexing, grasping — are dependent upon the smooth interaction of bones, muscles, and joints. That’s why avoiding injury and the wear and tear of repetitive motions over the course of a lifetime is so important. Here are some orthopedic self-care tips you can use to keep your body in top shape for years to come.
How to Build Your Bone Strength
- Flex those joints. Spend a few minutes every day slowly stretching and moving each of your joints through their full range of motion without hyperextending.
- Stay active. Avoid allowing your joints to remain in the same position for an extended period of time, commonly from standing, sitting, leaning, bending over, etc. Stay active, taking breaks often, by moving around and stretching to prevent your joints from stiffening.
How to Keep Your Muscles Healthy
- Exercise regularly. Any physical activity is better than none, but strength training is most beneficial for maintaining muscle mass and tone. Not only does it prevent muscle atrophy (losing muscle mass) over time, but it also strengthens your bones.
- Drink plenty of water. Muscle function is dependent on hydration. Drinking water prevents muscles from cramping. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages if you can, as these can lead to dehydration.
We’re here to provide total care and help you stay active and fit. If you have any questions about our Express Bone & Joint Injury Care services, please call our office at (719) 622-4550.