There are several types of cartilage in the body, but the most common is called hyaline cartilage.
Hyaline cartilage is found on the surfaces of movable joints, and its primary function is to minimize friction between moving bones. The cells of hyaline cartilage are called chondrocytes, and these cells are busy building new materials to keep the cartilage healthy.
But how is this important? Won’t my body take care of this on its own?
The answer is yes, but it could always use some help. Unfortunately hyaline cartilage does not have any blood vessels. This means that the cartilage cells have to rely on individual joint compression and decompression for the much needed nutrients to reach them.This mechanical process is achieved through our activities of daily living. Therefore, in order to maintain healthy joints and cartilage, it is important to live an active lifestyle!
But how will my Chiropractor help? Can’t I just do regular exercise?
Well exercise is excellent, but some- times specific joints need a little bit more. These joints may have become tight or restricted over time, despite regular exercise. The job of the Chiropractor, therefore, is to determine which joints are restricted from their normal motions and to correct this. Sometimes a gentle mobilization is all that is needed in order to achieve great results!
Once your joints are moving properly again, vital nutrients such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate will be able to move more easily to the cartilage’s chondrocyte cells. This will promote optimal health in your joint cartilage, and maximize the benefits you receive from your glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplements.
For more information you can visit www.whychiropractic.ca for interactive graphics that help understand the importance of motion and spinal health.