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Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014



Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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22 OPINION SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 TELE01Z01BS - V1 SAVE YOUR JOINTS Healthy joints equal a better quality of life so heres how to keep them in top form through the ages. By Liz Graham p h o to g r a p h y: g et ty IM a g es SLIGHTLY MOVEABLE JOINTS Such as in the vertebrae pads of cartilage allow only slight movement. PROTECT IT: strong core muscles protect spinal joints from carrying too much weight. BALL AND SOCKET JOINTS Hips and shoulders these are the most mobile and prone to dislocation. PROTECT IT: Desk work weakens these joints, so get up from your desk every hour. GLIDING JOINT Wrists and ankles these connect flat bones that glide against each other. PROTECT IT: If you feel weakness or pain, wear a guard or brace when playing sport. FIXED JOINT The skull these dont move at all. PROTECT IT: Varying a babys lying positions can stop it from developing a flat or uneven skull. PIVOT JOINT The neck this allows the sideto-side movement. PROTECT IT: the wrong pillow can lead to pain in this region. SADDLE JOINTS Such as at the base of the thumb this gives us the ability to grasp. PROTECT IT: If you feel pain when you pinch or grasp things you may have thumb-base arthritis which is treatable. ELLIPSOIDAL JOINTS Such as at the base of the index finger this can move up and down and side to side but rotation is limited. PROTECT IT: help arthritic fingers by using rubber grips to grasp pens, toothbrushes and peelers. Kids and teens this is an important time for joint health, and what happens in these years can impact on musculoskeletal wellbeing in adulthood, Dr Quang Dao, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Childrens hospital at Westmead and Nepean hospital, says. In fact, research has shown that joint injuries that are sustained in childhood can lead to osteoarthritis in adulthood. heres how to keep joints healthy in these important formative years. + Dont make babies walk early We discourage the use of walkers, Dao says. you dont want babies to be propped up too early their joints and bones arent ready for that, and can cause bowed legs. + Dont overtrain and be sure to vary sporting pursuits Keep the amount of activity moderate, dont play through pain and vary the types of sports. Many injuries can be avoided by warming up before sport, Dao says. THE HIP BONE IS CONNECTED TO THE THIGH BONE... Our skeletal system is made up of bones that intersect at the joints. A variety of other essential body parts support these vital connections. Cartilage coats the end of bones, stopping them from grinding and acting as a shock-absorber. Some joints contain a lining around the cartilage that produces a lubricating fluid. And ligaments are stringy, fibrous tissues that connect the two bones and help with joint stability. HINGE JOINTS Such as knees, elbows, fingers, toes and ankles these joints allow for two-way movement. PROTECT IT: swimming, cycling and walking are great for these joints. DIFFErENT TYPES OF JOINTS OmegaGen Cardio may assist in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels* * In healthy individuals. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare practitioner. As a precaution do not take OmegaGen Cardio during pregnancy or when lactating. OmegaGen Cardio is derived from shellfi sh; individuals with an allergy to shellfi sh should avoid using this product. A.Menarini Australia Pty Ltd, Level 8, 67 Albert Avenue Chatswood, NSW, 2067 Ph: 1800 642 646 www.omegagencardio.com.au CHC53041-09/13 OME-AU-045-07/14 body+soul www.bodyandsoul.com.au WWW.NTCITY2SURF.COM.AU ENTER NOW 12KM 4KM RUN FROM THE DARWIN CBD ALONG 12KM ss OF PICTURESQUE COASTLINE FINISHING AT THE ICONIC NIGHTCLIFF POOL.

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