Creaky, squeaky, painful joints? Six tips to lube those joints.

Creaky, squeaky, painful joints? Six tips to lube those joints.

Most of us know the discomfort of joint pain but did you know it’s quite common in menopause? I know, you’re thinking “another thing we have to put up with,” but hear me out! It’s not bad news as much as it is a wakeup call.

Joint pain commonly occurs during menopause due to hormonal changes, particularly the decrease in estrogen levels. Estrogen plays a role in maintaining joint health by keeping the tissues that cushion the joints (cartilage) healthy. This is what keeps us bendy and flexy. When estrogen levels decline, joint tissues may become more prone to inflammation and wear and tear, leading to pain and stiffness.

Here are six ways to help ease joint pain during menopause:

  1. Regular Exercise: I can year you say “if she says that one more time…” but there, I said it! Engaging in low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or cycling can help improve joint flexibility and strength. Exercise also helps maintain a healthy weight, which reduces the strain on your joints. See? It’s not bad news.
  1. Strength Training: Incorporate strength training exercises into your fitness and exercise routine to strengthen the muscles around your joints. This can help provide better support to the joints and reduce pain.
  1. Healthy Diet: I’ve learned first-hand how adopting a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help reduce inflammation in the body, including the joints. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, and seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate joint pain.
  1. Hot and Cold Therapy: I was recently told that applying heat packs or taking warm baths can help relax stiff joints and alleviate pain. On the other hand, using ice packs can help reduce inflammation and numb the area to relieve pain. Alternate between hot and cold therapy as needed. If you’re experiencing hot flashes, you’ll thank me for the cold therapy idea!
  1. Mind-Body Techniques: Practices such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation can help improve joint flexibility, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Stress management techniques can be particularly beneficial as stress can exacerbate pain symptoms. I’ve also found Pilates to be helpful.
  2. CBD, a component of cannabis, may alleviate joint pain by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation and provide analgesic effects. It is my personal go-to and hasn't let me down yet.

I’d love to say I’m a know it all but I’m not a doctor so please remember to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options tailored to your specific needs and health condition.

Additionally, they can rule out any other underlying medical conditions that may be contributing to joint pain. It’s always important to look under the hood with any health-related issue.

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