Exercise is the best way to improve arthritis
Mild exercise might help in decreasing arthritis pain
According to a study, mild exercise might help in decreasing pain, improving mobility and further adds to the quality of life of older adults who are suffering from arthritis which include other muscle and joint conditions.
“Joints will often stiffen when they are not used and muscles will further weaken if not exercised. Our bodies are meant to move, and also inactivity leads to some weakness and stiffness, and joints with arthritis often worsen with the inactivity,” said Theodore Fields, Managing Director of Rheumatology Faculty Practice Plan at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), US.
Participants were later asked to perform chair and floor mat exercises using the stretch bands and some other gentle exercises. The programme has also integrated Chinese breathing techniques and meditation.
How was the survey conducted?
A survey was conducted with altogether 256 participants of which 93 per cent were female; 73% of them belonged to the age group of 60-79 years before the beginning of the classes and then again at the ending of the classes to further evaluate pain, physical functioning, fatigue, stiffness, balance and other some health indicators.
There were also some of the visible differences in the intensity of the pain, physical function, balance, after completing the classes.
Participants have also confirmed their improvement in the ability to perform daily tasks such as lifting, or carrying groceries; climbing stairs; bending, kneeling, stooping; and bathing.
“The study has resulted in consistent with the experience of rheumatologists and with some prior studies showing that exercise, even of mild degree, helps with the pain. Getting people up and moving does appear to further help with mood, pain, and overall functioning,” Fields added.
The study was presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting.
So, now in order to improve your arthritis at old age exercising is the best way.