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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Overcoming Morning Stiffness

      Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, because of too much pain? Does it take you an hour or two for your body to 'warm up' and your joints and muscles to loosen before you can tackle the tasks ofthe day? You are not alone.            Morning stiffness is one of the more common complaints doctors hear about from patients with fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatism and those whose bodies no longer rebound after a day of activity--even gardening--like it used to.
    Don't let morning stiffness cut your day short, by starting it later...And while most people reach for muscle relaxants like Motrin and pain relievers like Ibuprofin to get them going, you don't need to. The basic causes of morning stiffness are lack of daily physical activity, being overweight, havinga poor diet, not sleeping properly, and being in an environment that tends to be cold and/or damp. Exercising on a daily basis (even walking while swinging your arms) is a great way to release those feel-good endorphins, get the blood moving and help clear nasty toxins from the body
     Being overweight causes you to carrying unnecessary poundage, which puts strain on your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. A poor diet that is high in simple carbohydrates causes weak muscles, bad posture and lethargy.A poor sleeping posture can lock your body in a bad position for hours, causing reduced blood flow to the local muscles, and a buildup of lactic acid, causing stiffness.     Living or working in cold or damp environment causes muscles to stiffen because the cold or damp affects the blood flow throughout the body.
      You can be happy to know that what is causing your morningstiffness can be avoided or corrected... Here are 10 easy thingsyou can do to make a big difference in your life.
1) Be sure to get ample deep sleep, so your body can repair andrecharge. Forget about those troubles or conversations or tasks that need addressing; they can be handled tomorrow. Also, be sure to sleep either on your side or on your back--as stomach sleeping causes unnecessary stress on the low back and spine.
2) If your room is drafty, seal the windows or door. If it is cold, trya space heater or using extra blankets to prevent that cold or dampness from stiffening your body.
3) Do some easy stretches while lying in bed, then sitting up inbed--such as bending to the front and sides. This will stretch andloosen the muscles and help flush them with more blood.
4) Take a hot shower. This serves as a means to induce sweating, promote blood circulation and release muscle spasms. Simply stand under the hot water and... relax.
5) After you are warmed up from the shower, do some gentle kneebends--as far as you can go without falling! You can hold on to something for balance, if needed. You don't have to go all the waydown, either. These exercise almost 90% of the skeletal muscles. Find a counter, table or chair and use your hands for support. Then exhale and squat as low as you can go, then inhale and stand up again. Do 10 of these to get the morning blood flowing and creakyjoints silent.
6) Drink the best water you can get. Often the tap water in our cities is not the freshest or safest. Even cities like London have traces of psychiatric medicines and estrogenic-like compounds in its tap water--and these toxins build up in our systems over time, causing pain.  
7) Eat better. Cut down on simple carbohydrates and start reading labels to avoid consuming more toxins. Simply eliminate all foods with artificial color, enriched white flour and artificial flavors  or sweeteners (high fructose corn syrup, crystalline fructose andaspartame). If you don't know what it is, or have difficulty pronouncing it, avoid ingesting it.
8) Learn some coping mechanisms and stress management techniques, so that you're not lying awake all night thinking about your problems. Learning how to deal with toxic people in your life will both allow you to sleep better and reduce the stress-induced muscle spasms that cause pain.
9) Get some regular exercise. The idea is to go out and do somesomething physical with your body. Even a simple routine of10000 steps a day (buy a pedometer!) will greatly improve your health!
10) Be the fashion police! You want to dress appropriately for these cold months, and you might do well to sleep in flannel pajamas or sweats. Remember, cold air causes muscles andjoints to stiffen.
     These simple tips followed with a little dedication, along with some minor lifestyle changes and changes to the living environment, can help you overcome morning stiffness in no time.

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