When you’re in pain, or experiencing stiffness or inflammation, it can really take a toll on your daily life. From bad backs to sore hips and aching joints, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are plenty of things which you can do to help improve your quality of life and it all starts with understanding the musculoskeletal system. We have discussed below everything you need to know about the musculoskeletal system and how to strengthen and nurture it to keep yourself happy and healthy. 

What Is The Musculoskeletal System?

The musculoskeletal system is the organ system within our bodies which allows us to move. Consisting of the skeleton and the muscles, as well as joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues, it provides a range of important functions. It has five main functions; providing support to the body, helping movement, storing fats and minerals,  protecting internal organs and hematopoiesis. Hematopoiesis is the production of blood cells including formation, development and differentiation of the cells. 

When you’re experiencing issues, this is known as a musculoskeletal condition. You can prevent these conditions from developing, as well as improve present conditions by strengthening yourself. 

How To Strengthen The Musculoskeletal System…

In order to prevent the development of musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, or help to improve any existing conditions, it’s important to work on strengthening the musculoskeletal system. You can do this by practising gentle exercises such as swimming, water exercises, walking or tai chi. Regular exercise has a whole host of benefits including, but not limited to, improvement in strength, flexibility and overall fitness. 

Not only can regular exercise improve your overall movement, it can also ease pain and stiffness as well as prevent it from occurring. When you exercise, it helps to aid joint lubrication and nourishment, making movement less painful. 

Other Ways To Improve…

If you’re experiencing issues with your musculoskeletal system such as pain or an existing condition, you can also visit an MSK therapist. There to provide advice and treatment for those suffering with injuries, complex pain conditions or generalised back pain, an MSK specialist can be visited without a doctor’s recommendation or referral. They will use a range of treatments to improve your flexibility, strength, and promote healing. From hands on stretching and massaging techniques to low level laser therapy, each treatment method is specially chosen for your concerns for a completely personalised treatment plan. Here at Northwich Foot Clinic, you can book an appointment with one of our trained MSK therapists or sports rehabilitators using our online form or by calling us directly.