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Chase Arthritic Pain Away With Exercise

By Sandy Schroeder

If aching joints with arthritic twinges are slowing you down, you may need to move more. Because moving is painful that's a tough call, but when you do move more everything can change, according to Harvard Health.

As you stay active and begin to exercise, benefits will add up.

  • Your joints will strengthen
  • Your range of motion will improve
  • It will be easier to do everything you want to do

Work with your doctor to create an exercise plan that's right for you. You may want to try yoga, tai chi and simple stretch routines along with walks or warm water pool exercises.  At the same time you may consider eating better and smoking less or not at all.

You may want to enlist a chiropractor to assess your pain and become your exercise coach, monitoring your progress and helping you maintain healthy limits.

The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you offers licensed chiropractors who help individuals of all ages find natural answers for health and well-being without pain medications or surgery.

When you come in, your chiropractor will explain how improving spinal health improves overall health. The spine maintains our mobility and the central nervous system housed inside provides our brain-to-body communication network.

Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may generate pain relief and a new feeling of well-being with more alertness, energy, and better sleep. Benefits vary with the individual.

As you evaluate your benefits you may want to use weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments to stay active and serve as a focus for a four-part exercise plan from Harvard Health.

Aerobic training - Work on your heart and breathing rate to avoid diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Try low impact activities such as swimming, walking, and bike riding. Start slowly and gradually pick up your pace.

Resistance work - If arthritis has slowed you down and weakened your muscles, isometric exercises can help you regain your strength. Clasp your hands and push your arms together. As you exercise more, you may try free weights or weight machines.

Regain range of motion with stretching - Begin regular stretching exercises with yoga, tai chi or a series of mat moves to help your joints move more smoothly with less pain.

Improve your balance - Stiff arthritic joints can cause you to lose your balance and fall. Use one-legged exercises such as the yoga tree pose. Stand next to a wall or grip a chair as you balance your weight on one leg and add more core muscle exercises to sharpen your walking and balance skills.

Wherever you are with arthritic pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to learn more about the affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Missouri City, Tex.

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