body has 147 different joints that are in
motion every day of your life and the favorite
targets of osteoarthritis are your hands,
hips, knees, feet and spine.
It is not unusual for doctors to say things
like - "take it easy on that
joint", "Don't be active", "rest more". In other words,
they are really saying they don't want you to exercise the affected area because
they really do not know what else to tell you. This is of course an all too
common occurrence and is the wrong advice given to millions of individuals
suffering with osteoarthritis!
The intentions of the physician may be good but it is not sound advice. It is
suggested that it is very important that the individual try and keep painful
joint areas in motion, even in a limited manner, as exercise is good for joints
affected by osteoarthritis as it increases the muscle mass around the joints
and acts as a cushion to the area and keeps the ends of the bone from rubbing
against one another. Also, increased muscle massage helps to increase fluid in
the area to cushion the joint even more. Even if you do not think you can exercise,
you can! It will take a a couple of weeks of being more sore than normal, but
with effort, the soreness will go away as the muscles begin to build up.
Even the lightest exercise can go along way to maintaining joint mobility and
health. A good exercise routine is key to beating osteoarthritis and its painful
symptoms. Correcting the muscle imbalance that is often causing wear and tear
on a specific portion / side of a joint can be corrected with the appropriate
stretches and exercises, thus helping to eliminate pain and inflammation of the
Author: Mr. Anliker is a Therapist and Inventor of
Therapeutic Exercise Products that are utilized by Corporations, Consumers
and Medical Facilities around the world for the prevention and rehabilitation
of repetitive strain injuries.
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