The Connection Between Menopause and Sore Joints
Hi, I’m Dr Wendy Sweet [PhD], Women’s Healthy Ageing Researcher and Menopause Educator.
As I interviewed women up and down New Zealand as part of my doctoral studies, they would tell me about their sore joints, aching knees and restless legs that were preventing them from exercising the way they used to. I was astounded… because that’s exactly how I felt as well.
Troubled by numerous injuries when I reached my late 40’s and early 50’s, I was confused about why I couldn’t tolerate the physical activity I was used to. But the worst thing was that over time, I began to lose my confidence in being as active.
So when women on my studies told me the same thing, I knew I needed to look into what was really going on with our aching joints in menopause. What I learnt astounded me.
Did you know that...
Tendons have oestrogen receptors
The role of these receptors is to harness oestrogen to help keep the tendons pliable and flexible. It’s role is in healing and repairing.
Muscles lose size and density through menoapuse
This is a normal part of our ageing, but when this happens it affects the way our tendons work.
Ear canals contain oestrogen
The role of oestrogen in our ears is to help keep the tiny hairs upright, which normally help us with balance. In menopause, women often feel dizzy and lose their balance as oestrogen declines.
Collagen turnover is slower
This means that if we are doing too much high impact exercise our recovery is slower and we build up more inflammation in our joints and muscles.
Reducing inflammation and rebuilding your health and fitness are vital as you transition menopause into later life. MyMT™ Joyful Joints combines modules from my other online programmes into one integrated package specifically to address joint paint and to help you get moving again.
MyMT™ Restore your Joyful Joints
What you will discover...
- The types of nutrients that you need to reduce inflammation, strengthen tendons, and improve bone and muscle health.
- What foods can replace the role of oestrogen and collagen as they decline.
- How to improve blood flow to get vital nutrients and oxygen into your joints.
- The most effective forms of stretching for improving flexibility and increasing range of motion.
- How to stop the dizziness and balance issues that may be troubling you.
- The most effective forms of exercise to reduce pressure on your joints.
- How to improve your recovery after exercise, so you can exercise more frequently.
- How to restore and maintain your posture to prevent further injuries.
Once you have got on top of your aching joints, I show you how to start exercising again with MyMT™ Fitness Foundations. You will discover:
- How to steadily build up your fitness levels with guidance on exercise frequency, intensity, type and timing.
- How to incorporate more movement into your normal daily activities.
- How to warm up for exercise to compensate for your lower oestrogen.
- How to monitor your exertion levels.
Exercise to Energise, not Exhaust!
When you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones including endorphins, which can put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. It helps improve your quality of life and mental health.