Defy arthritis pain by staying limber.
When you experience arthritis pain, it's tempting to roll up in a ball and go back to bed. Although the pain in your body may be screaming for you to sit down and remain immobile, getting up and moving is the best way to find relief. May is Arthritis Awareness Month, so here is some important information to remember.
What causes arthritis?
Pain associated with arthritis can be caused when joints feature:
- Cartilage damage
As we age, our cartilage may lose its elasticity. Previous injury or illness can contribute to causing arthritis, too. The greatest symptom is stiffness, which develops in response to inactivity.
Why is stretching a great way to reduce pain?
The pain of arthritis shrinks your range of motion. Reaching for a can on a high cupboard shelf, for example, becomes difficult when your joints can't operate correctly. Many studies link movement with the improvement of a person's flexibility and reduction in injury. But before you embark on a new or increased exercise routine, mastering the art of stretching is essential. Not only does stretching prepare you for movement, but it also reduces your risk of injury during fitness training.
What else can I do to reduce arthritis pain?
Stretching isn't the only activity you can do to combat pain.
- Strength training complements and enhances stretching exercises, building the muscles around the joints where you experience pain.
- Certain athletic activities are better for arthritis sufferers than others because they don't shock your joints. These include swimming, cycling and yoga, to name a few.
- Dietary changes can assist you in your quest to avoid inflammation.
Consult your physician or physical therapist to tailor a stretching program to your personal needs. Denton Regional Medical Center offers diagnoses and solutions for your arthritis condition. Find out more about our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department by visiting us online. If you would like to find a doctor to speak with, give us a call at 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.