You know those people that wake up in the morning and just "go" without thinking about how to get ready, how to get up and not be in pain? EWW. Kidding.
They are lucky and you can be too!
NO matter your cause, here is some great insight on WHY it happens and what to do to prevent most of it.
Here are some underlying causes of stiff/painful joints in our hands, arms, back, and neck that make our chronic conditions (lupus, fibro, RA, MS) worse!
1. The type of pillow you use and bed top.
2. Type of diet - there is a "good" and "bad" version of "healthy foods and diets" even with Keto, Paleo, Vegan. For example, granola bars, bread, yogurt, and cereal are packed (at least in the USA) with sugar.
Companies MUST list their ingredients from most used to least used starting at the top. If sugar is in the top row, that means majority of that item is SUGAR. Sugar feeds inflammation in our body, causing pain.
We don't learn anything about nutrition in school and doctors only take maybe 1-3 classes on nutrition because their expertise is on medicine and practing emergency medicine. It's best to work with a holistic nutritionist on stuff like this.
👉Check out prevous posts on EASY and healthy meals for when you're struggling.
3. Sitting most of the day = stiff/tension.
Our muscles are internconnected. If one muscle is tight, it will pull on others. That causes an uneven pull to surrounding muslces and organs/bones/tendons. Then the wrong muscle is overworking and over compensating.
For example, you could have lower back problems that are caused by a tight ANKLE muscle! Shocked? It's important to stretch at least 4 times a week. Look into "active stretching", "gravity yoga".
1. Whole foods diet no matter what you follow, choose the healthy version of it 80% of the time. We're human, so indulge with balance. For me, by going strickly healthy paleo for 30 days and then slowly reintroducing "healthy" cupcakes or bread, I noticed what my body could and couldn't handle in small doses. It has changed my life with 8 autoimmune diseases. Start low and slow by making one change to one meal each week. Some things to incorporate: Some of the best anti-inflammatory foods include wild caught fish, fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts and seeds, and tumeric.
2. Supplements: Chondrotin and glucosamine, tumeric, evening primrose oil, and a quality fish oil from Norweigen origin (Rosita or Carlsons brand is great).
3. Pillows and routine - Check out bamboo based or memory foam pillows. I set my alarm for 30 minutes earlier and lay in bed until I'm ready to get up and stretch/workout!
As always, this are just general suggestions. Work with a qualified practitioner to review what is best for you.