Updated: Jun 4, 2020
I started John Michael’s knowing that a joint formulation would be essential in our product line to help people with a variety of their joint issues. When I put together my joint formula, the goal was to provide your body with every resource it needs to build healthy and resilient joints. People from all walks of life and ages - men, women, and even teens are dealing with joint issues. I’ve worked in the fitness industry for over ten years and joint pain has been the most notable recurring complaint. We use our joints every day, yet joint health is one of those things we pay little attention to until a knee, a shoulder, or even a hand is causing us pain and discomfort.
I know first-hand how debilitating a painful joint can be. Being involved in athletics and being physically active my whole life, I’ve had my fair share of joint injuries. A painful joint can make even the simplest of tasks difficult to complete. My experience has shown me there are many reasons for joint pain. Although joint pain can have causes that are due to underlying diseases, many suffer joint problems due to overuse such as heavy physical activity, lack of use, sprains or strains, torn ligaments or tendons. A painful joint, however, is most likely because of tight muscles, muscular imbalance, or a combination of the two.
A tight muscle puts constant tension on the tendon. If left untreated, it can lead to pain and inflammation within the joint. An example of this is tennis elbow. I had tennis elbow for over a year, which is inflammation of the outside elbow tendon (lateral epicondylitis). It was so bad that lifting weights and even opening jars was difficult without it hurting immensely. About 90% of the advice to fix tennis elbow was to either rest it and/or take anti-inflammatory medications, and if none of that worked, to consider surgery. I took the advice to rest it and stopped working out for over a year. After a year, the pain was no less than it was before I stopped working out. I wasn’t satisfied with the advice that I got, so I kept searching for a solution. I eventually found out that all that was needed to fix my elbow was about a week of intense massaging of a knot within my forearm.
The other main reason for joint pain, muscular imbalance, is fairly common in today’s society with the majority of the population less active and sitting for large chunks of time binge-watching their favorite shows. I’ll admit, I’m guilty of binge-watching shows every now and then. Although, this constant sitting leads to tight hip flexors and hamstrings, thus causing low back pain. The simple fix for this is to merely exercise the antagonist (opposite) muscle and stretch/roll out the tight muscles. If you did exercises that worked out your glutes and stretched your hip flexors, you’d find your back pain disappear.
A study completed for 10 years, between the early 1990s and 2000s, showed that people who performed the most vigorous weight-bearing exercise had the thickest, healthiest knee cartilage. Cartilage is unique in that it doesn’t have any blood vessels, so it must get its nutrients from the synovial fluid that bathes the joint. Exercise compresses joints, forcing more nutrient-rich synovial fluid into the cartilage. (1)
Moving on to supplements, one of the most recommended supplements for joint health is glucosamine and chondroitin. Even though glucosamine and chondroitin are found within joints, it is a very small part of the actual makeup of your joint. If you’re using glucosamine and chondroitin as your go-to for joint health, you're not doing enough. It’s like using a hammer as your only tool to build a house. If you want to see every ingredient I’ve included and the reason I put each ingredient in the joint formula, click here.
As we age, there is normal daily wear and tear that occurs to your joints. Your tissues are in a constant state of breakdown and repair, but in order to be repaired without scar tissue, your body needs all of the building blocks that make up cartilage. With proper nutrition, your body should get enough of these building blocks to keep your joints healthy throughout your entire life. However, farming today, there are far fewer nutrients in today's soil than there was even 50 years ago. You can’t possibly get enough nutrients from the food you eat. This is why supplementation is so important. A joint supplement can give you those missing nutrients that your body needs to properly repair, in a simple and easy form.
Even if your joint problems come from arthritis or a surgery/previous injury you don’t have to live with the pain forever. I believe my high-quality joint product will do you wonders. With the proper nutrients and care, the body has an infinite ability to heal. With the combination of smart lifestyle habits, solid nutrition, the right supplements, exercise, and mobility/flexibility training you will be on the road to better health and greater well-being.
1.) Harvard Health Publishing. “Exercise and Your Joints.” Harvard Health, Sept. 2009, www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/exercise-and-your-joints.