Why do joints get stiff after sitting?
Sitting for extended periods of time can lead to stiff joints, especially in the lower back, hips, knees, and ankles. This is because when you sit, the muscles that support your joints become inactive, which can cause them to tighten and lose flexibility. Additionally, the lack of movement can also cause the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints to become thicker and less effective, leading to increased friction, stiffness and inflammation.
What causes stiff joints after sitting?
- Prolonged sitting can cause the muscles supporting your joints to become less active, which can cause them to tighten and lose flexibility. This can make it harder to move the joint and increase stiffness.
- When you sit, the angle of your hips changes and can put extra pressure on the hip joint, leading to stiffness.
- Sitting for long periods can also cause blood flow to the lower body to slow down, which can lead to decreased synovial fluid production and joint lubrication, resulting in stiffness.
How can I help prevent stiff joints after sitting?
Taking regular breaks to stand up, walk around, and move your body can help to reduce the pressure on your joints and improve blood flow. You should also consider taking a natural supplement for joint support, such as hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil, which is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, is high in omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids work by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory compounds such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes. They also help to increase the production of anti-inflammatory compounds such as prostacyclins and lipoxins. Hemp seed oil also contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the body's natural anti-inflammatory response.
The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 and GLA found in hemp seed oil can help to reduce inflammation in the joints, which can in turn help to reduce stiffness and improve mobility. These fatty acids may also protect the joint's cartilage, slow down the breakdown of cartilage and reduce pain and discomfort.
For the best results, take hemp seed oil supplements in combination with healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercise, physical therapy, and maintaining good posture.
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