Approaches to sore joints and challenging arthritis are different now, as opposed to previous years. However, if you have just a little joint pain or a lot of arthritis, the message is the same.
Don’t let it stop you from being physically active
Healthy adults should do flexibility exercises like yoga stretches or tai chi for all major muscle-tendon groups, neck, shoulders, chest, trunk, lower back, hips, legs, and ankles, at least two to three times a week. Find the ones that fit you and make them a habit.
As we age, the less we move the joints and the more range of motion is lost. Over time, surrounding muscles shorten, making it harder to keep moving. Weight gain, difficulty in walking and poor balance show up too. Avoid this vicious cycle. See your doctor first before starting a new exercise routine, then see your chiropractor to get the best stretching program started.
Harvard Health Stretching Tips for Arthritis
Warm up thoroughly. Take extra time to warm up before you stretch. A hot shower or bath, a heated pool, or even warm compresses or a heating pad can relax stiff joints before stretching.
Stretch during your least painful time of day. Morning won’t work for some people, since that’s when their joints are stiffest.
Adapt stretches. Use pillows or rolled-up towels to adjust your range of motion in each stretch. Choose seated stretches, if necessary.
Expect some discomfort. Always stretch only to the point of mild tension, not pain. If discomfort follows stretches and lasts longer than two hours, hold each stretch for less time. As stretching becomes easier, gradually step it up again.
See Your Chiropractor
In the initial visit to the chiropractor there is a spinal adjustment to evaluate spinal health, a review of medical history and discussion about daily activities. The chiropractor will be able to detect early degeneration in the spine, hips, and knees. The goal is to seek to relieve pain and maintain activity without medication or surgery. Chiropractors are trained to improve function through natural therapy, and to help the patient find safe stretching and muscle strengthening exercises.
As chiropractor visits continue, they can provide an ongoing monitoring to create the best way to deal with painful joints or advancing arthritis. Overall, the approach is one that asks what do we do next to help the patient move and thrive.
Make an appointment today.
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