Moving Through Arthritis: How Exercise Eases Joint Pain

Moving Through Arthritis: How Exercise Eases Joint Pain - Invigorate Health and Performance

Receiving a diagnosis of arthritis can be daunting. The mere mention of this condition often conjures images of stiff, swollen joints, and the fear of pain can be paralysing. It’s no wonder that many individuals, upon hearing this diagnosis, might be tempted to avoid physical activity altogether. However, as counterintuitive as it may seem, one of the most powerful tools in managing arthritis pain lies in movement.

There are many different varieties of arthritis, but the two most prevalent forms are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). Inflammation of the joints causes discomfort, stiffness, and a reduction in range of motion in both disorders. Exercise may seem counterintuitive when joints are already hurting, but there are many advantages to continuing to be active.

Why Exercise Is Important:

Preserving Joint Function: Frequent activity maintains and enhances joint flexibility. Joints might stiffen up from inactivity, which can make movement unpleasant and more difficult.

Building Muscle: Robust muscles offer superior stability to your joints. You can lessen the strain on afflicted joints and ease discomfort by strengthening the muscles surrounding them.

Weight management: Carrying excess weight strains joints, especially the spine, hips, and knees. Regular exercise relieves the strain on your joints and aids with weight management.

Increasing Energy and Mood: Mental health can suffer from chronic pain. The body’s natural feel-good hormones, endorphins, are released when you exercise and can lift your spirits and give you more energy.

Consult with a Healthcare Professional

Before starting any exercise program, especially if you have arthritis, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider or a physiotherapist. They can provide personalised advice based on your specific condition, joint health, and any limitations you may have.

Written by: Nick Dimakis (Chiropractor)