How to Overcome Morning Stiffness and PainFeb 1st, 2010 | By Body Pain Admin | Category: Body Pain
Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning because your body is too stiff or you are in too much pain? Does it take an hour or two for your body to ‘warm up’ and your joints and muscles to become loosen before you can tackle the tasks of the 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 Aleve to get them going, you don’t need to. In fact, they are not healthy for you body.
The basic causes of morning stiffness are generally related to lack of daily physical activity, being overweight, having a 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, to get the blood moving and to help clear nasty toxins from the body.
A poor diet that is high in simple carbohydrates causes weak muscles, bad posture and lethargy. These are all causes of pain. Moreover, being overweight causes you to carrying unnecessary poundage, which puts strain on your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Poor sleeping posture (due to sleeping position or an unsupportive mattress) 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 a 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 morning stiffness can be avoided or corrected… Here are 9 easy things you can do to make a big difference in your life.
1) Be sure to get ample deep sleep, so your body can repair and recharge. 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. Forget stomach sleeping! It causes unnecessary stress on the low back and spine.
2) If your bedroom is drafty, seal the windows or door. If it is cold, try a space heater or use extra blankets to prevent that cold or dampness from stiffening your body.
3) Do some easy stretches while lying in bed, then sitting up in bed—such as bending to the front and sides. This will stretch and loosen 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 knee bends—as far as you can go without falling! You can hold on to something for balance. You don’t have to go all the way down, either. Simply 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 creaky joints silent.
6) Drink the best water you can get. Often the tap water in our cities is not the freshest or safest. Even cosmopolitan cities like Los Angeles have traces of psychiatric medicines and estrogenic-like compounds in its tap water—and these toxins build up in the body over time, causing pain. It is advisable to drink either bottled water or reverse osmosis filtered water.
7) Dress appropriately for cold months, and you might do well to sleep in flannel pajamas or sweats. Remember, cold air causes muscles and joints to stiffen.
8) Get some regular exercise. The idea is to go out and do some something physical with your body. Even a simple routine of 10,000 steps a day (buy a pedometer!) will greatly improve your health!
9) When the pain and stiffness is acute or particularly bothersome, take safe and natural supplements, like Paractin and Biofermented Hyaluronic Acid (Bio. HA). Both are found in the supplement Hydraflexin.
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 and pain in no time.