Myths & Truths About Joint Discomfort/ Muscle Soreness
All joint discomfort is caused by arthritis. (MYTH)
Joint discomfort has a number of causes and arthritis is just one of them. Other causes include whiplash, TMJ syndrome, and achy joints associated with the flu.
Muscle soreness after a workout is rare. (MYTH)
Muscle soreness is not uncommon, especially after a heavy workout. In fact, it is commonly called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and is totally normal.
Eating anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve muscle soreness. (TRUTH)
Research has shown that eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help you get relief from muscle soreness. This includes ginger, pineapple, and cherry juice.
Gentle exercises can help improve mobility in stiff joints (TRUTH)
Various low-impact exercises can help increase flexibility, range of motion, and strength. A few examples of low-impact exercises include swimming, walking, yoga, cycling, and water aerobics.
Massage helps alleviate muscle and joint stiffness/ discomfort (TRUTH)
Massage helps improve circulation, enhance blood flow, and reduce pain.