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Keeping Your Loved Ones on Their Feet

By Donna Stark

Sometimes, it's the best feeling in the world when we get to watch things fall into place, but it's the complete opposite when we watch a loved one fall to the floor, isn't it? If you have family members or friends who are struggling with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, you may already know that they are at an increased risk of falling, and that's because those conditions often lead to weakened muscles, impaired balance, and decreased stability. Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries among those who live with those conditions; fortunately, there are some things your loved ones can do to reduce them from happening.

Keeping Your Loved Ones on Their Feet

If you would like to suggest something that will really make a difference in the lives of your loved ones who are suffering from joint issues, skip the movie recommendations and pass along some of the suggestions below.

  • Practice tai chi - Tai chi is a form of exercise that involves slow, continuous movements of the body. These movements help to increase a person's balance and flexibility while reducing the joint pain and stiffness they may be experiencing.
  • Exercise in a pool - If your loved ones have access to a pool, you may want to suggest that they put off the sunbathing and start working out in the water. Aquatic exercises are a perfect solution for those who want to work out but don't because they are suffering from joint pain. It can help people strengthen their muscles and improve endurance without adding any additional stress to their joints.
  • Begin strength-training exercises - Muscle loss is a common occurrence for those going through the aging process and can exacerbate the risk of falling for those with arthritis. It is important for your loved one to include strength-training exercises in their daily fitness routine so that they can maintain and build that precious muscle mass.
  • Stretch every day - Stretching every morning before the day begins can increase blood flow, lubricate joints, improve range of motion, and reduce pain. Encourage those you love to get out of bed and stretch as soon as they wake up! It's a great start to the day.

Less Falls, More Smiles

Exercising, strength-training, and stretching are extremely beneficial for those who are trying to reduce their risk of falling, but if you are unsure of your loved one's specific needs, bring them in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They can get all of their questions and concerns answered, and on top of that, they will get an amazing adjustment too!

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

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