What Causes Joint Pain and Stiffness
If you can imagine the friction of a moving wheel on a road without a rubber tire, the same principal applies with your joints and bones. The cushion that rubber tire provides is fundamental in assuring that the wheel functions smoothly as it should. Everyday life means your joints and connective tissues are challenged with every day wear and tear. Over time, the cartilage that cushions joints becomes stiff and loses its fluidity or natural flexibility. Eventually, the cartilage can breakdown and wear away, causing the bones to rub directly together, which our bodies naturally react to with inflammation. This friction can create substantial pain, making normal activities more difficult and troublesome. As joint pain affects daily activities, it can have an overall negative impact on your quality of life. It can be immobilizing which hinders the ability to get the proper exercise that our bodies need. This can lead to a negative domino effect on your health. You can help combat this friction by providing the nutrients your joints need to remain healthy.
How Injury Can Cause Inflammation
If you are an athlete or lead a very active lifestyle, chances are you’ve dealt with the muscle and joint pain that comes with it. Inflammation is a natural reaction to injury or infection. It usually includes pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage. Unfortunately, the body is not always equipped to deal with the stress associated with injury, infection and inflammation. Excessive free radical production in inflammatory conditions can deplete the body’s antioxidant stores and overtax the body’s healing systems, delaying recovery and tissue repair. Specific nutrients and herbs can support the body’s natural healing processes in conditions of stress or pain associated with athletic or acute injury and aid recovery from exercise.