One great way to help prevent, reduce and eliminate arthritic pain is by being physically active—by exercising! People with arthritis need to remain active and mobile. Walking every day is a great start. Swimming is also a great option as it uses all of the muscles of the body and is non-weight bearing.
Why exercise? It moves the joints. Gentle mobility flushes inflammation from the joints and maintains the body in an active state. Without movement, the body will stiffen up and the inflammation will act like a glue and begin to further limit joint movement.
When it hurts to move, some people might feel that exercising could make their problem worse. In truth, moderate exercise will help your condition by preventing further deterioration and restriction.
If you are unsure what exercise program you should be doing, ask your wellness practitioner. However, as a starting point, consider exercises like walking, swimming or bike riding, if you are able. You should also work with weights or do some other strengthening exercise. Exercise that strengthens the area surrounding the joints will help to stabilise and support them. Strong muscles around the joints will also prevent joint injury.
It is important to get the body moving and keep it moving. Allowing yourself to become less mobile and active will result in your joints becoming more tight and restricted and this is not going to help your arthritis.
Regular exercise has other benefits as well. It helps you lose weight. If you are presently over your ideal weight you should be incorporating exercise into your daily lifestyle routine.
Why live with the pain of arthritis? Exercise today and feel better. You'll be glad you did.
Dr Marcus Chacos
Chiropractor and Founder of the Natural Treatment of Arthritis Institute