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Physical Activity Decreases the Pain of Arthritis

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:52pm

This article touts physical activity - even simply walking for 10 minutes three times per day - as a natural way to decrease the pain associated with arthritis. With cases of arthritis expected to rise as the population ages, it will be of even more importance to facilitate exercise and physical activity among older adults, to improve their health and quality of living.  According to the article:

Key findings of the study include participants reporting a decrease in pain and fatigue, an increase in upper and lower extremity function, and an increase in strength after participating in the basic, eight-week exercise program. Also, participants who continued the exercise program independently, beyond eight weeks, sustained improvement in reduced stiffness.

What was also noted is that exercise for joints is different than cardiovascular exercise, so individuals seeking relief do not have to engage in “high sweat” activities. Rather, the eight-week program touted above relies on low-impact activities and range-of-motion movements that can even be done sitting down. The key will be to encourage people to begin a program like this, provide adequate education regarding appropriate completion of the recommended activities, and then encouraging people to continue with the program as a life-long activity, rather than a temporary fix.

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