As you reach menopause, estrogen levels decline, and you may start to notice that you feel more stiffness in your joints than you used to.
That’s because, among its many functions, estrogen helps to keep your joints flexible.
Joints that are most frequently affected during menopause are the neck, jaw, shoulders, wrists and elbows, though other joints in the body may experience stiffness as well.
There are many ramifications of joint stiffness as other muscles compensate for lack of flexibility. Stiffening can cause pain, such as tight shoulder muscles causing headaches.
It’s important to treat your joints with physical activity, a healthy diet and balancing your hormonal system.