How To Improve Pain from Arthritis

Exercise Reduces Joint Pain and Stiffness

When you have stiff and aching joints as a result of arthritis, the last thing you want to think about is exercise.   You think about exercising and the first thing that comes to mind is pain.  Believe it or not, exercise is exactly what you need. 

The Mayo Clinic says the following about arthritis and exercise: “Exercise is critical for people with arthritis.  It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain and helps combat fatigue. …Even moderate exercise can ease your pain and help you maintain a healthy weight.  When arthritis threatens to immobilize you, exercise keeps you moving. “

Lack of exercise can make the condition of your joints worse.  Using a practical approach can help reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis.  Below are a few tips to help you get started.

Consult your physician before you begin any exercise program.

Before you begin your exercise session, apply heat to the joints you will be using.  Heat will relax the joints and muscles.  Using warm towels or a warm shower before exercising is recommended.

If you haven’t been active in a while, start slowly.  Don’t overwork your muscles, especially in the beginning.  Be sure to start with a light range-of motion movement to warm up at the beginning of each exercise session. 

As you get further into your exercise session, exercise with slow and easy movements.  Firm, yet not jerky, or too intense is the best approach.  Don’t exert more energy than you think your body can handle.   If you feel pain more intense than normal, take a break. Slowly work your way up to longer and more intense sessions. 

Continuing on a regular exercise pattern will help strengthen your muscles and relax your joints.  The results will be less pain, more range of motion, and a more fit body. 
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