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Dealing With Arthritis Pain in Your Back

By Stephen R. Farris

People who suffer from arthritis pain usually complain of joint stiffness in their hands, shoulders, knees, ankles, hips and -- last, but not least -- their back. The pain can be so intense at times they simply don't feel like going through the motions of a normal life every day. But there are a few exercises that can be done each day to help get people suffering with arthritis up and going.

Remember Good Posture

On those days when arthritis tries to take over, always remember -- whether sitting or standing -- to practice good posture. Shoulders back, chest out and head level with the shoulders. 

Side Stretching

This exercise is done while standing and you may use a hand barbell if you like. The point of the exercise is to stand tall with one hand on your hip, then lean away from that side to stretch it out. Do several reps and repeat the process for the other side. It works the back muscles with less strain on those stiff joints.

Not a 'V' but a 'W' Stretch

The "W" stretch is easy and simple. Stand straight, put your arms out so that you form the shape of a human "W." Gently move the arms slightly back to where the shoulder blades are squeezed inward. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Do this several times to help loosen up joints and muscles in the back, neck and shoulder area. See, simple as that!

Walk It Out

If there's any exercise out there that is truly a "go-to" for anything, it's walking. Walking can help loosen up stiff joints and muscles, plus it'll get the heart rate up and the blood flowing to those areas as well. Like any exercise, always practice good posture, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and start out slow until you feel comfortable with it to move to another level.

Talk with your local chiropractor, such as those found at The Joint Chiropractic. No appointment is necessary and they have nearly 500 locations available nationwide. At The Joint Chiropractic, they can help you with those pains in your back, joints and neck with spinal adjustments that will bring relief. They can also talk with you about nutrition, exercise and any concerns you may have about your overall health.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.

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