Understanding muscle and joint pain
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UNDERSTANDING MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
Symptoms that we feel, like pain or stiffness, are usually the outward signs of other dysfunction or imbalance in the body.
Many people are not aware of these imbalances in their musculoskeletal system, which can cause tiredness, fatigue (AND GRUMPINESS!) and can lead to acute neck and back pain, or strange numbness/ tingling in their arm or hand. Unfortunately most people won’t act on them until it is too late.
Research shows that as you age, one of the most significant attributes that we lose is our muscle strength. In fact it has found shown that as you age you lose lean muscle mass(up to 30% decline in strength and 40% decline in muscle size between 2nd and 7th decade).
WHAT DOES THIS ACTUALLY MEAN FOR OUR BODIES AND HEALTH?
Well, a reduction in muscle strength means it becomes more difficult for us to move our limbs, and because our muscles provide support to the joints they cross in the body, a loss of strength means that our joints are less supported and protected, and more pressure goes through them. This in turn leads to stiffness in the joints of the body, and increases the wear of these joints…. And when joints begin to wear they are more likely to cause pain!