5 Key Ways to Relieve Pain & Stiffness in Your Knees
Whether it's from a minor injury or just too much stress on your joints, knee pain and stiffness can slow you down from living your everyday routine. Sometimes even just walking can be a task, but there are a few things you can do to help minimize the aches and pain while getting some real relief. Take a look at these 5 great suggestions...
Exercise? YES! – Too much sitting around and resting is not only counterproductive, it can actually weaken your muscles and make joint pain even worse. Talk to your doctor or a physical therapist to find out what exercises are good for you that won't put pressure on the knees. You can do some moderate cardio and light weight training, swimming, water aerobics and stationary bike.
Good Shoes & Orthotics – You will not believe what a positive difference this combo will make. Shoes with great arch support will surely help. But a really good pair of orthotic insoles can help to align your posture correctly, taking pressure off the knees and ankles.
RICE (No, Not Fried) – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation is good for when your joints are swollen from stressful activity or minor injury. This is the time you definitely want to give your knees some rest while keeping them elevated.
Weight Loss, Yeah... Sorry About This One – Pick up two 5 pound bags of sugar and you'll realize that they're kind of heavy. Well, for every 10 pounds overweight you are it's like you're hauling around those bags of sugar on your back. 50 pounds overweight means 10 whole bags...yow! I think you get the picture – if you can lose just a little bit of weight it will greatly take pressure off your knees, back, hips and ankles.
Compression Sleeves are Amazing! – Knee and ankle sleeves, and quality compression socks can really bring about some much-needed relief. They have been shown to help provide circulatory support for muscle stiffness, soreness and pain – reduce recovery time for aching muscles – and reduce strain and fatigue by keeping muscles warm. Definitely look into these!
Copper Fit Compression Socks – Copper infused compression socks are designed to provide support for muscle, joint stiffness, and soreness, as well as aid in recovery and performance by supporting improved circulation and oxygenation. Some studies indicate that athletes can run longer with less pain and recover faster. These socks are designed to help you move comfortably through the day.