Post

Healthy Joints Matter

Post Image

A joint is the point where two bones meet. They are an important part of our body because they play a key role in movement and make our skeleton flexible. Without joints, movement would not be possible. There are three types of joints in our body that allow our bodies to move in many ways: Fibrous joints, cartilaginous joints, and synovial joints.

1) Fibrous joints can also be called immovable joints. These joints are located in points of our body that require no movement. The main role of these joints is to provide stability and protection. Fibrous joints connect bones of the skull, bones of the forearm, long bones of the lower leg, and they hold a tooth in place in its socket for both the upper and lower jaw.

2) Cartilaginous joints are slightly movable and provide less stability than fibrous joints. They are called cartilaginous joints because the bones are connected by cartilage at the joints. Cartilage is a tough, elastic type tissue in our body that helps reduce friction between bones. Cartilaginous joints can be found between certain bones of the rib cage and at the connection of the right and left hip bones in the pelvis.

3) Synovial joints are freely movable and allow for greater mobility. Synovial joints have a small space between the connecting bones that is filled with fluid to act as a cushion for the bones. Synovial joints are found in our wrist, elbow, knees, shoulders, and hips.

As we age, joint movement can become stiffer and less flexible. This is due to several reasons, such as, thinning of our cartilage and a decrease in the lubricant fluid found inside our joints. These changes may cause us to feel aches and pains in our joints as we get older. Many of these age-related changes can be prevented or managed through regular exercise. Regular exercise can keep the muscles around the affected joints strong. It also helps re-fill the lubrication to the cartilage of the joint and reduces stiffness and pain, while also helping to control joint swelling. In some cases, exercise can even reverse age-related changes! It is not too late to get into a regular exercise routine – start small and feel all the benefits in your joints!

You May Also Like

Post Lifestyle

Forming Habits: It's All About Routine

Post Lifestyle

Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle

Post Lifestyle

Bad Breath Cures

Post Lifestyle

International Self-Care Day

Post Lifestyle

Are Our Cell Phones Making Us Sick?

Post Lifestyle

Backpacks Are a Pain in the Neck... And Back.

Post Lifestyle

Breathe Easier with Houseplants

Post Lifestyle

The 5210 Rule for Childhood Obesity

Post Lifestyle

Meditation Strengthens the Brain

Post Lifestyle

Wrinkle Remedies

Post Lifestyle

Halloween Safety Tips

Post Lifestyle

How to Keep your Back Safe at Work

Post Lifestyle

Combat Stress with Meditation

Post Lifestyle

The Power of Self-Talk

Post Lifestyle

The Do's and Don'ts of Napping

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Smoking

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Stress

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Beverages

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Carbs

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Salt

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Sugar

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: All About Exercise

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Habits: Tracking

Post Lifestyle

Magna's Guide to Mindfulness

Post Lifestyle

Exercising in Cooler Weather

Post Lifestyle

Holiday Spending Survival Tips

Post Lifestyle

DIY Skin Scrub

Post Lifestyle

Forming Healthy Habits

Post Lifestyle

National Picnic Month

Post Lifestyle

Pick-Your-Own Berries

Post Lifestyle

'Experience' Gift Guide: 2019 Edition

Post Lifestyle

Holiday Stress Less List

Post Lifestyle

Posture Fix

Post Lifestyle

Diet Change = Clear Complexion

Post Lifestyle

The Power of Positive Thinking

Post Lifestyle

Choosing Tricks over Treats

Post Lifestyle

Give Back This Holiday Season

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Grilling

Post Lifestyle

The Power of Giving Back

Post Lifestyle

Improve Your Mental Health Today with One Act!

Post Lifestyle

Social Media Healthy Habits

Post Lifestyle

Getting Outdoors: The Science of Nature

Post Lifestyle

All About Aromatherapy

Post Lifestyle

Meditation for Beginners

Post Lifestyle

Practice Gratefulness with a Gratitude Journal

Post Lifestyle

Mental Health Activities

Post Lifestyle

Physical Activity for Self-Care

Post Lifestyle

How to be More Sustainable

Post Lifestyle

Wellness Goes Green: Reducing Food Waste

Post Lifestyle

Facts on Water

Post Lifestyle

Healthy Joints Matter

Post Lifestyle

Tips for Back-To-School Routines for Parents

Post Lifestyle

Fall Activities For The Whole Family

Categories