yoga for arthritis

Top 3 Physical Activities for Arthritis Sufferers

Arthritis is a medical condition characterised by inflammation of the joints, and any joint can be affected. As a chiropractor, I primarily diagnose, treat, and manage arthritis of the spine. 

People suffering from arthritis will experience intense joint pain, stiffness, restricted range of movement, and in severe cases, joint fusion. There are many types of arthritis, the most common forms being rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. While treating arthritic conditions, my focus is on movement. Maintaining and restoring functional movement of the joints is one of the most important steps when treating arthritis. Below you’ll find my top three physical activities to help maintain and restore movement within joints. If you are suffering from arthritis, these activities should not replace medical treatment, however, they can help with managing arthritis and other arthritic conditions. 

  1. Yoga 

    Yoga is fast becoming one of the most popular healthy lifestyle activities. It focuses on movement, flexibility, and strength within joints. It also helps restore balance and strengthens the core muscles of the body, and is overall, a very low-impact activity on your joints. Hot or Bikram yoga adds another level of benefit for arthritis sufferers. The addition of heat helps promote circulation and a healing response for the joints. 

  2. Swimming/Water Aerobics

    The floatation element of swimming and water aerobics removes extra pressure on joints simply due to the buoyancy of the body. This limits the stress on your joints and will allow you to focus on functional movement without the pain and stress that normal physical activity would have on arthritic joints. It also promotes cardiovascular health, circulation and a healing response with the increase in your heart rate.

  3. Pilates

    Like yoga, pilates promotes balance, movement, and core strength. For arthritis sufferers, it’s important to complete slow, sustained movements, which will add flexibility. Therefore, I recommend attending a slower-paced class versus a fast-paced class to receive optimal results from this type of exercise. 

 

Adding one of these healthy lifestyle activities will also have other health benefits in addition to combating the symptoms of arthritis. Physical activity increases mental wellbeing and clarity, as well as improves digestion and respiratory function. 

If these activities aren’t your cup of tea, then I simply encourage walking. It may seem simple, but walking 30 mins per day will greatly improve overall health and wellbeing. 

For more information regarding how to manage arthritis contact a medical professional or get in touch with us at Wellspring Chiropractic for a consultation.

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