5 Ways Anxiety is Linked to Joint Pain

March 12, 2018

Joint pain isn’t any fun. Whether it’s an on-and-off achy shoulder or a lingering discomfort in your knee, pain in your joints can cause a great deal of uncertainty and worry. Recurring joint pain may keep you from activities you once enjoyed without limits, and sometimes, depending on the severity of the pain, it can be nerve-wracking to think about the potential of serious underlying issues. That’s not to mention the stress you may experience from considering the realities of different treatment options, the costs of rehabilitation and more. You’re probably aware that there are dozens of reasons why you might be experiencing joint pain. It could be due to an injury, arthritis, or a host of other things. But one of the questions we find people continually asking is, “Can anxiety cause joint pain?” Stress can have a lot of negative effects on your body. And yes, consistent stress in your everyday life can absolutely be a contributing factor to joint pain. Of course, it can be a “chicken or the egg” type of situation – anxiety can be making your joint pain worse, or the existence of joint pain in general could be the source of your anxiety. But stressful situations can both directly and indirectly be linked

February 28, 2018

The Nervous System and Pain   There is no single “pain center” in the body. Your nervous system controls how you process and feel pain. When the body is damaged by disease or injury, tissues in the affected area release chemicals that communicate with nerves. Nerve pathways carry the messages from that area to the spinal cord and up to the brain. Pain information goes to several parts of the brain that recognize pain but also help control and adjust mood, sleep and hormones. That’s why having chronic pain can affect so many aspects of your body and daily life. The brain sends messages back through the pathways down to the body to reduce or stop pain sensations. The message from the brain may also trigger an immediate response, for example, to pull your hand away from a hot stove. In the case of arthritis, various pain relief treatments can target your nervous system in different ways:

  • Calming overactive nerves and therefore reducing the amount pain messages sent helping to heal the body in that area.
  • Stimulating the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins that also help your body to heal.

When you have arthritis pain for a long time, ne

February 27, 2018

The secret to joint pain relief — exercise Joint pain: it throbs, aches, and hurts. It may make you think twice about everyday tasks and pleasures like going for a brisk walk, lifting grocery bags, or playing your favorite sport. Sharp reminders of your limitations arrive thick and fast, practically every time you move. What causes joint pain? The culprits behind joint pain tend to be:

  • osteoarthritis
  • old injuries
  • repetitive or overly forceful movements during sports or work
  • posture problems
  • aging
  • inactivity

How exercise can help Ignoring the pain won’t make it go away. Nor will avoiding all motions that spark discomfort. In fact, limiting your movements can weaken muscles, compounding joint trouble, and affect your posture, setting off a cascade of further problems. And while pain relievers and cold or hot packs may offer quick relief, fixes like these are merely temporary. By contrast, the right set of exercises can be a long-lasting way t

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February 19, 2018


Research has shown that exercise can be an effective way to reverse this downward cycle of worsening pain, and gradually over time help those with chronic pain engage more in activities of enjoyment and essential activities of daily living with greater ease.


  • Remember that ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and is an important daily strategy used to assist in the management of pain conditions.
  • Stretch to cool down, not warm up, and do short bursts of exercise, not long stretches.
  • It is important to start slowly when beginning an exercise program, and avoid pushing into stronger pain. It is often useful to use the 0-10 scale to monitor your pain levels while exercising.

If pain levels increase by more than 2 points from baseline you should stop and modify that exercise, to ensure that you do not cause a flare up of your pain.


Exercise Right recommends combining multiple forms of exercise for chronic pain, including: Stretching exercises It’s important to stretch at least once a day to help increase flexibility, loosen tight/stiff muscles, and improve your range of motion.

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October 20, 2017

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September 6, 2017
For thousands of years it’s been known that a healthy spine is essential for a healthy life.
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August 23, 2017

How Chiropractic Care Could Make You a Better Golfer Golf is a great hobby that comes with a plethora of great health benefits. Both novice and pro golfers have something in common, besides the love of the game. Most golfers will experience a degree of back pain at one point or another. There have been many professional golfers who have undergone back surgery to remedy the chronic back pain they have faced through golfing. However, chiropractic care could help golfers with their back and golf game without the negative side effects of pain medication or surgery. The Link Between Golf and Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care allows the whole body to perform optimally. Swinging a golf club takes a lot of coordination between several body parts. It is amazing how many muscles are used in a round of golf. Therefore, if one area of your body or one muscle is not able to perform at its optimal level, it can cause other parts of your body to overcompensate, which leads to pain. One major issue that happens with any athlete, not just golfers, is that they go into the game with subluxations, or misalignments, to the spine. When your spine is not in its proper alignment, the rest of your body will suffer. Playing any sport with a poor spine leads to poor performance, poor posture, and more injuries. Why Tiger Woods Uses Chiropractic Care T

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January 11, 2016

Source: Going to the chiropractor can help relieve pain and prevent injuries, but in addition to that, being active is also a great way to help keep your spine healthy. Just going for a brisk 10 minute walk each day is enough time to help improve the health of your spine and prevent musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. But there are also a few other recreational activities that you can incorporate into your daily routine to prevent back pain and reduce stress. Here are a few suggestions and why you may benefit from them:

Yoga and Pilates:

Yoga and Pilates are forms of exercise that typically focus on moving the body while focusing on breathing and body awareness. The poses are purposeful and usually work a few areas of the body at once, including the back and leg muscles to build a stronger foundation for other movements. Also, the poses often focus on balance which can be important to prevent falls and injuries as we age. Compared to higher impact activities that cause added strain to the body, Yoga and Pilates are known to be ‘safe’ for healthy and even injured individuals. Yet, with most practices being keenly aware of your body is important and adapting movement to your skill level. However, regular practice has been shown to decrease back pain1. The great thing about Yoga and Pilates is that there are several types of classes cat

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January 11, 2016

Source: Skiing is a beloved activity for many Canadians. It’s a chance for us to enjoy the outdoors and have a little fun. Families often go for a variety of hills and terrains that cater to different skill levels and age. If you are skier or have gone skiing before, you know the sport can take a toll on your body, leaving you sore after a day on the slopes. Unfortunately for some, skiing may lead to injury. This is why it is imperative to prepare your body before gearing up. Here are some tips to help ensure your safety when skiing.

Get the Proper Equipment

Do you have all the equipment needed to safely ski? If not, make the time to assess what you need, and take measures to buy or borrow the proper equipment for your next trip down the slopes. If you are a beginner, find a professional to help you determine exactly what you need and ensure that your equipment fits your needs and your body type. Skiing does involve some serious risks of injury including falls, collisions or simply poor form; therefore, it is critical for your equipment to be in good condition to prevent avoidable injuries. For example, broken skis can put your safety and the safety of others at risk. Be extra cautious and

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