Your bones, joints and muscles hold you together and help you to function – but they can all act up in a variety of ways, from arthritis to osteoporosis.
Bones help us to move: they provide support and protect the various organs of the body. They are also responsible for producing red and white blood cells. Partly made of calcium, bones depend on other minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin K and magnesium to remain strong and healthy.
Joints are structures that connect bones and link the skeletal system into a functional whole. Joint problems can occur when the cartilage that protects the joint begins to wear away, and cause pain and discomfort.
Muscles are tissues that contract to produce motion. Muscular aches and pains can just be a nagging dull ache – but in conditions such as fibromyalgia, they can be debilitating and have a huge effect on your quality of life.