Cultivate a regular schedule. Cartilage cells have a functioning body clock which switches genes that control tissue function on and off. Scientists believe imposing a rhythm by regularly scheduled exercise, restricted meal times, or by targeting the joint itself with scheduled warming and cooling of the joint, could have a significant impact on the future management of joint diseases and with further study it could relieve sufferers’ symptoms.
Gossan, N, et al., The circadian clock in chondrocytes regulates genes controlling key aspects of cartilage homeostasis. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2013