How to Exercise Your Right to Move with Arthritis
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes as you move through life, you have to stand firm, and be vigilant. That is exactly what happens when arthritic joint pain threatens to move in and stay.
Arthritis is a worthy opponent. When it hits the body’s joints, most people just want to stop, sit down, or even lie down. Forget workouts, walks, runs, or even shopping. But health experts, such as the Harvard medical community, tell us regular exercise and movement will keep the joints moving and may actually reduce pain and fatigue.
Lining Up Help
As you look for good resources in the fight against arthritic joints, The Joint Chiropractic may be the ongoing wellness base you need.
The Joint’s licensed chiropractors have the training and experience to help you seek pain relief. When you visit, the chiropractic focus on spinal health may be the starting point to help you regain control of your life and move ahead with an overall wellness plan.
The chiropractor’s goal is to help you succeed without using pain medications or surgery.
Using a spinal adjustment to correct any dysfunctions, the chiropractor will talk with you about your pain and review your medical history. Then the two of you can formulate ongoing treatment strategies. At that point you can talk about successfully exercising.
Exercising with Arthritis
The following suggestions from healthharvard.edu can help.
- Strengthen muscles – Try resistance training using your own body weight to build muscle. Many yoga poses require using your arms or legs to lift your weight. Or you can do simple chair exercises to target individual muscles in the legs or arms.
- Achieve better range of motion – To become more flexible, move a joint as far as it can go, then gently push a little farther. If joints are swollen and sore, go slowly.
- Up your endurance - Use aerobic exercise such as swimming or water exercises, walking or biking to strengthen the heart and lungs and ramp up your endurance. Avoid high impact exercises such as running or jogging.
- Improve balance - Lift one foot while you balance on the other foot for five seconds. Switch feet and repeat. Gradually work up to 30 seconds on each foot. Tai chi and yoga can also be used to help you with balance.
If chiropractic looks like a good choice for keeping your balance and hanging onto your life in spite of arthritis, stop by The Joint Chiropractic and get started. The Joint offers a private affordable care program that eliminates insurance, extended hours and walk-in visits. See you there.