A tailored arthritis exercise program can help relieve pain and fatigue and preserve joint structure and function.
The stiffness, pain, and swelling associated with arthritis can severely reduce the range of motion of joints (the distance joints can move in certain directions). Avoiding physical activity because of pain or discomfort also can lead to significant muscle loss and excessive weight gain. Exercise, as part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan, can improve joint mobility, muscle strength, and overall physical conditioning, and help you maintain a healthy weight.
Once you know what type of arthritis you have and understand your symptoms, you physical therapist can develop a balanced program of physical activity to reduce the damaging effects of arthritis and promote optimal health.
Range-of-motion exercises (also called stretching or flexibility exercises) help maintain normal joint function by increasing and preserving joint mobility and flexibility.
The foundation of endurance training is aerobic exercise, which includes any activity that increases the heart rate for a prolonged period of time.
Use oxygen to more efficiently supply the entire body with larger amounts of oxygen-rich blood. Build stronger muscles for endurance activity
Check with your physical therapist and adjust your program if you experience any of the following:
Unusual or persistent fatigue
Sharp or increased pain
Decreased range of motion
Increased joint swelling
If you have any questions or enquiries, feel free to reach out. I’ll be happy to help you out.