The hips and knees are the areas where we experience pain first, as we grow older. This is a reminder that our body is no longer the latest model. Over the years the changes in articular cartilage and ligaments cause pain, swelling and reduced mobility. But although arthritis or osteoarthiritis affects many over 40, there is actually a lot you can do yourself – both to prevent and alleviate the symptoms.
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Get better joints with physical activity
Exercising gives you so many health benefits that it’s silly not to. It prevents the joints from stiffening and strengthen the muscles so it can support and relieve the joints. Although you have a rheumatic disorder, you will, to some extent, be able to keep fit with regular exercise. And changes in the body caused by the disease, will unlikely have the same effect.
So try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. Break it into sections, with for example 10 minutes duration each.
It is important to choose exercises that does not burden the joints too much. Swimming and exercise in water is perfect. Especially in a heated pool, because the heat relieves pain and improves mobility. Cycling, cross country skiing, easy gym, strength training with machines or rubber bands, and Nordic walking are other examples of training with low load on the joints.
If you haven`t been working out for a while, it is important to listen to your body.
It is common to experience some pain to begin with, because the joints and muscles get exposed to unusual stress. But if the pain continues after a period of exercising, the workout might be too stressful for your joints, and you should try something else. A physical therapist can help you determine what type of exercise is best for you.
If you have arthritis, it is smart to exercise your fingers too. To knead a fluffy bread dough is such a good workout. So if you have not been the biggest bread baker previously, you have a good reason to be now!
Möller’s Omega-3 Joints is especially designed for your stiff and sore joints. In addition to omega-3 and vitamin D, it contains copper, which helps to maintain the connective tissue that is found in the joints. It also contains the traditional ingredient ginger.
Source: Norwegian Health Informatics, helsenett.no