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Arthritis is a condition caused by joint inflammation characterized by stiffness, pain, and discomfort. It has many types, with the most common one being osteoarthritis. The condition worsens with age. As a leading cause of disability, it affects one or more joints. Here is more information about arthritis and how chiropractic care plays a role in relieving its pain.
Acupuncture and chiropractic care are powerful treatment methods that allow your body to heal naturally. The holistic treatments are proper alternatives to medication, and they help the body recover from the inside out. Better still, the results become magnified when they are combined.
Diet plays a strong role in not only creating a lean abdomen but also reducing inflammation that can be related to joint and back pain. By keeping inflammatory foods at a minimum, you’ll likely see great results. Sugar is one of the biggest culprits, it turns into fat in your body and suppresses the immune system. Ridding starches like breads and pasta can help not only your mid-section cosmetically, but keep an over abundance of carbohydrates from turning into sugar. The foods we eat can also cause bloating, especially around the midsection. For some, salt and dairy products cause water-retention. Great foods to take away the bloat but are also anti-inflammatory include foods that contain a lot of soluble fiber and help with constipation as well. These include cucumbers, bananas, avocados, papaya, asparagus and kiwis. The next way to build better abs and reduce back pain is to focus on certain exercises which build muscle and a stronger core. Strong abdominal muscles not only look great but can actually prevent back pain by making you less prone to back injury and helping with better spinal alignment. Back pain can be caused by weak abdominals and unbalanced muscles. The abs are the front anchor to our spine, and if weak, the other muscles that also support your spine, work harder to compensate. In building strong abs, you’ll want to make sure that all the abdominal muscles including internal and external obliques and transverse abdominal are equally exercised. One of my favorite overall abdominal exercises are the hanging leg or knee raise done in an upright position. This dynamic exercise concentrates movement on the lower core which provides more benefit than holding a plank which is a static exercise. Performing exercises that allow you to curl your abs where you actively contract the muscle are great to do. There are a multitude of exercises you can choose from but anything that causes pain or discomfort should be avoided. Another favorite exercise that not only strengthens the abs, low back, glutes, thighs, and overall core are squats. They work so many muscles at the same time providing more bang for the buck. The best ab exercises will help support and give strength to the lower spine and abdomen and also work the deep and intermediate abs at the same time. And let us not forget that one of the most simple and easy ways to make abs look great and help with back pain is good posture! If we imagine a plumb line going straight up and down, we define good posture as having the ear, shoulder, hip, and ankles all in alignment with that imaginary line. When we stand correctly, we see a multitude of benefits – we feel stronger, more confident, better balanced and we look taller, thinner and feel better!