Osteoarthritis: I treat my postural hygiene


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Osteoarthritis: I treat my postural hygiene


If the advice may seem basic, it is proven that standing straight saves the joints. Indeed, in perfectly vertical position, the pressure exerted on them and on our bones is relatively light. On the other hand, it increases and our bones are overstretched when we hunch. This "rectilinear" posture applies as well when standing or sitting: in this case, it is important to keep your back straight against the back of your chair. And think about taking regular breaks, that is, getting up and stretching regularly, at most every hour, especially if you do repetitive tasks.

"In the long run, small postural defects can have an influence. The quality of the boot is also involved. Systematically wearing heels is not good for knees and hips, "says Jérôme Auger, masseur-physiotherapist and osteopath. Researchers at Stanford University have shown that when their height exceeds eight centimeters, women's cartilage deteriorates much faster, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis. Morality: we keep our divine shoes very high perched for exceptional circumstances. And if the damage is done, we react. "Orthopedic insoles can correct a lack of ground support. A spine that is poorly positioned is like a blurred vision, you are forced to force to compensate. You thus unbalance the skeletal system, which will end up having an impact five, ten or fifteen years later, "explains our expert. Finally, avoid the repetitive use of heavy loads: this too can prematurely "wear out" the joints.

Thanks to Jérôme Auger, masseur-physiotherapist, osteopath and co-author of the "Big book of osteoarthritis" (Ed Eyrolles) and to Dr. Laurent Grange, rheumatologist and author of "Stop to osteoarthritis" (Solar Health edition).

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