Joints making noise can be alarming.
Especially when you’re getting out of a chair or going up or down stairs.
You think, am I causing damage?
Is this arthritis?
The good news is the majority of the time your joints are noisy because of fascial adhesions, dehydration and nutrient deficiencies.
Fascial adhesions occur when the tissue around the joints becomes dehydrated and nutrient deficient due to muscle tension.
When muscle tension of your hips, back, thighs or lower legs increases there is decreased blood flow to the tissue surrounding the joints.
Figuring out what muscles are tight and have tender spots in them is the key to ending creaky joints.
Foam rolling or massaging your muscles at the tender spots as well as doing a little massage of the tissue around the joint that’s creaky can go a long way to help stop the noise.
After your massage or foam rolling session adding in some water with electrolytes can go a long way to help rehydrate your tissues.
Another factor in noisy joints is your sugar intake.
Sugar has the ability to bind to the collagen and elastin in your skin.
This binding makes your skin less able to slide over your joints, tendons and ligaments.
Less glide = decreased circulation to lubricate the joints.
As with every issue related to aging, you always want to be thinking about circulation.
What can you do to optimize circulation daily?
- assess which muscles are most tense that attach or cross the noisy joints
- create a foam rolling sequence that addresses different body parts daily
- make sure you’re drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water a day
- increase electrolyte consumption after workouts and foam rolling sessions
- get a deep tissue and fascial massage at least once a month
- massage your creaky joints daily and consider using a gua-sha tool to gently increase circulation at each joint
- apply castor oil, a rag and some heat x 20 minutes to noisy joints 3x a week – castor oil HERE (code: DRJANNINEKRAUSE10 for 10% off when you spend$59+)
- add heat or red light therapy to the noisiest joints at least 3x a week or after hardest workouts
Check out my video HERE (or see below) where I go through the entire assessment sequence for you.
Find what works for you and practice it daily!
Stay tuned for Wednesday where I demo my treatments for creaky joints!
Here’s to your health,