For those who suffer from pain and discomfort caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, performing daily exercises can help to ease the pain and relieve joint stiffness.
However, not all exercises are created equally. Always check with your doctor before starting any physical activity routine.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the swelling and redness of joints It can cause a loss of appetite & weight loss and can include fever, loss of energy, Anemia, and cause the appearance of lumps of tissue under the skin.
Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis
When performing any physical activity or from daily tasks, stretching is vital to people of any age. For those with RA, stretching can alleviate pain and stiffness, depending on the area affected. Some stretches to try are neck and shoulder rolls and hamstring and quad stretches. For examples of each stretch, visit here.
Gentle Yoga or Tai Chi
Slow, steady movements involved in gentle Yoga or Tai Chi practices are a great way to not only reduce stress, but they provide stability, increase range of motion, and improve flexibility. Following a routine from an instructor, video, or class is recommended to ensure proper form and prevent injury.
Taking that early morning or evening stroll around the neighbourhood park or participating in water exercises are great low-impact exercises with great benefits. Walking can assist with heart and joint health, reduce stress, and become social activities when done as a group or with a partner.
Rheumatoid Arthritis can, at times, only affect the joints in the hands and wrists. Focused stretches and exercises, such as gentle bending of the wrists up and down, slowly curling the fingers then releasing them, spreading the fingers wide on a table, and squeezing a stress ball can all help increase strength and flexibility in the hands.
Always remember to pace yourself, stop the exercise if you experience any pain and consult your doctor before starting any physical activity routine to see what is best for you.
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