Keep It Moving: Why You Should Exercise when You Have Arthritis

The Arthritis Foundation (AF) estimates that over 92 million Americans suffer from arthritis symptoms. The AF also believes that nearly 26% of American adults will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by 2040. The diagnosis of arthritis is a life-changing moment in many ways. Its symptoms cause physical pain and take an emotional toll. Despite thinking that this condition limits your ability to be physically active, it’s been proven that movement and exercise help to combat arthritis.

Located in Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. Chad Mathey at Crown Medical Center is an expert in relieving arthritis pain. He offers an array of supportive and restorative therapies to manage your pain and other arthritis symptoms such as stiffness and inflammation. There are also many ways to reduce discomfort on your own.

How does exercise help with arthritis?

Joint pain can prevent you from doing simple things like holding a cup or carrying shopping bags. Dr. Mathey understands that the fear of pain or worsening your condition might make you reluctant to start an exercise program. However, appropriate low-impact and cardiovascular exercises actually prevent or delay disabilities and limitations.

When planning an exercise regimen, these are the outcomes you can expect with regular physical activity:

Improved mobility

According to Harvard Medical School, a daily exercise routine will improve your mobility and your flexibility. Range-of-motion exercises, like stretching or yoga, increase your ability to move joints easily, relieving stiffness.

Enhanced endurance

Aerobic exercises, like swimming or cycling, promote your overall fitness. They improve your health, control your weight, and give you increased energy. Aerobic activities boost your cardiovascular power, strengthening your heart and your lungs.

Increased strength

If you have arthritis, your cartilage and other tissues meant to protect your joints are either inflamed or deteriorated. Dr. Mathey may suggest massage therapies or dietary supplements to restore mobility, but you can also increase your strength at home. Weight training and resistance exercises strengthen the muscles that support and protect your joints.

Exercises to help arthritis pain

To reduce arthritis pain and improve your quality of life, it’s essential to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. A personalized treatment plan that includes exercise significantly improves your health and your happiness. Here are a few kinds of everyday activities that can help relieve arthritis pain:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Gardening
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Physical therapy

If you’re experiencing arthritis pain, you’re not alone. Let Dr. Mathey ease your discomfort by creating a treatment plan unique to your needs. Call today at (256) 489-2890 or use our convenient online scheduling tool.

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