The Best Exercises For People With Joint Problems

You know by now that you need to be getting plenty of exercise and movement in order to stay healthy and strong. However, if you have debilitating joint pain, you have also probably been told by your doctor to lay off the physical activity for a while, until the symptoms start to improve or become more manageable.

This obviously presents quite a catch twenty two, especially for people who are dealing with chronic, long term joint pain. What do you do in this kind of scenario? Is there even a way for you to get the exercise you need without straining your joints or causing yourself any further pain and discomfort?

Fortunately, there are more than a few different exercises you can probably safely do several times each week, according to an article by Health Line. These exercises will strike a balance in between staying fit and staying pain-free. 

If you’re trying to get back into the groove of exercising after sustaining an injury, or if you just haven’t exercised in a long time due to your pain related condition, it may be best for you to start off with some simple stretches. Even something as simple as lying on your back and lifting each leg as high as you comfortably can, one at a time, is a great place to start. You can always ask your doctor of chiropractic for some more suggestions on stretches and simple exercises, like leg lifts, that you can do at home in between sessions in order to extend the benefits of the adjustments your chiropractor is performing for you.

As for exercises, including ones you can do at the gym, there are a few places to start here as well. However, you’ll probably want to check in with your doctor of chiropractic and possibly any other healthcare providers you may have in order to get the all clear, so you don’t end up making your joint pain even worse. Many chiropractic patients with chronic joint pain have found that taking a spin class at their local gym was extremely beneficial for them in a number of ways. The great thing about taking spin classes is that they are very low impact and you can customize each and every workout to your comfort level. All you have to do is adjust the resistance level on your bike and let the certified instructor guide you through the ride. 

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