Everyone knows about the health and appearance benefits of losing excess body fat; the clothes fit better, you’re more energized, more confident, you sleep better, and the list goes on. One thing that often gets overlooked, is the very pronounced effect it can have on a person’s day-to-day level of pain and discomfort. At our Rochester NY weight loss clinic, it is not uncommon to hear stories about pains mysteriously disappearing, knees that are less sore and swollen, or marked improvement in the hips when standing or walking.
It’s not a miracle… well, not that kind of miracle at least. There are several reasons why people who’ve recently lost weight gradually notice a reduction in daily pain. Let’s explore:;
Reduced Downward Joint Pressure
Think of your ankles, knees, hips and lower spine as biological shock absorbers. The more weight you put on them, the more they compress. Over time, this can age the cartilage at an accelerated rate, causing painful bone on bone grinding, tissue swelling and other common discomforts. When we lose weight, we reduce the amount of downward stress on structurally-vital joint structures, preserving their integrity and allowing them to function normally.
Improved Circulation & Nutrient Delivery
Like every structure in the body, joints are at the mercy of nutrients, fluids and beneficial cofactors. When stressed, overused or in an inflammatory state, it can be increasingly difficult for these connective tissues to utilize the compounds they need. As a result of underuse, the joints become stiff, painful and at a greater risk of tears and fluid buildup. As the body’s fat stores are reduced, circulation improves throughout the body, as well as to joint structures.
Strengthening of Surrounding Muscles
Losing weight can also help strengthen the muscles which connect and interact directly with joint structures. As the body returns to a more healthy BMI, muscles which were once working overtime simply to support the body, gradually begin to function in a more normal manner. This is the result of less cargo being carried around each day, in combination with the increased activity that many experience after shedding excess body fat.
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Improved joint function is just one of the many secondary health benefits of losing the excess pounds. Check out our testimonial videos for first-hand accounts from real patients, or get in touch with Riddle Wellness in Rochester NY to learn more or schedule your first appointment. We can be reached by phone at 585-670-0020 or by e-mail through our website’s contact page.