Habits that damage the joints

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Habits that damage the joints

You’ve probably may not know that Cracking Your Knuckles and sitting all day at the computer may not be good for your joints. Here, are Habits that damage the joints

1Carrying Extra Weight not good for your joint

Every pound on your frame puts 4 pounds of stress on your knee joint. It also strains your back, hips, and feet. That causes wear and tear that can lead to damage, aches, and pain. Being overweight also triggers inflammation.

2Cracking Your Knuckles

That satisfying pop comes from tiny bubbles bursting in the fluid around your joints. Or from ligaments snapping against bone. One study showed that this habit may cause your hands to swell and weaken your grip.

3Slouch and Slump

Your body’s at its best when you work with it, not against it. That’s why posture matters. When you slump in your chair, it puts more stress on your muscles and joints and tires them out.

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4Ignore Pain

Ignoring pains for days or if your muscles are swollen or too sore to move or to touch. Joint pain isn’t normal, so pay attention to it. If the pain won’t go away, check with your doctor.

5Too Much Computer Time

This can literally be a pain in your neck and your elbows, wrists, back, and shoulders.

The problem isn’t just bad posture, but that you hold it for too long. That overworks your muscles.

It also puts pressure on the discs in your back. If you’re in a soft chair, prop up your arms with cushions to take the load off your shoulders and your neck. Be sure to get up and move every hour.

6Sleep on Your Stomach

It might help with snoring, but not so much with the rest of your body. Lying on your tummy pushes your head back, which compresses your spine.

All that puts pressure on other joints and muscles.

7Smoke and Chew Tobacco

Here’s another reason to quit: Your joints will thank you. Nicotine from cigarettes and chewing tobacco cuts down on blood flow to your bones and to the cushioning discs in your back. It limits how much bone-building calcium your body can take in. It also breaks down estrogen, a hormone you need for bone health.

8Not having enough sleep

One theory is that when you don’t sleep well, it triggers inflammation in your body. That might lead to joint problems over time.

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9Steep Price of High Heels

The higher the heels rise, the more your weight tips forward. Your thigh muscles have to work harder to keep your knee straight, which can cause pain.

When heels go up, so does the twisting force in your knees.

If you wear them every day, you boost your odds for osteoarthritis. That’s when the bones and the cushioning between the bones break down.

10Lug a Big Bag

Whether it’s a purse, backpack, or messenger bag, packing too much can cause neck and shoulder pain. Heavy weight on one shoulder throws off your balance and your walk.

If you tend to carry things only on one side, the constant pull overstretches your muscles and tires out your joints.

If you do that every day, your body’s going to let you know loud and clear.

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11Use Wrong Muscles for the Job

When you put too much load on little muscles, your joints pay the price.

When you lift something off the floor, bend at your knees and push up with your strong leg muscles.

When you carry something, hold it close to you in the palms of your hands instead of stressing your fingers.

12Text Too Much                              

‘Texting thumb’ is a real thing. Your tendons can get irritated and lock your thumb in a curled position. All that looking down at your phone is just as bad for your neck and shoulders, too.

13Wear the Wrong Shoes

Worn-out shoes don’t support your feet and ankles enough. That’ll throw your knees, hips, and back out of whack.

Too much cushion or arch support means your foot can’t move naturally, which could keep you in a cycle of pain.

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14Skip Stretching

Regular stretching can help strengthen your muscles and tendons. It also can make them more flexible. That allows your joints to move more easily and helps the muscles around them work better. That’s key to healthy and stable joints

15Repeating Poor Form

When you run    , bike, or play tennis with the wrong form you stress your body in all the wrong places.

If you overload your muscles, it puts more pressure on your joints, and you can end up with an injury like tennis elbow.

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