Arthritis is a chronic and painful clinical condition that leads to progressive joint damage and disability. Since here is no cure patients are subjected to various life-long treatment modalities.
Living with a long-term condition can be hard. Understanding what you can do to help yourself can make it easier to cope.
Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis.
It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. You must try to do some exercise every day. On days when your joints are swollen or painful you should aim to move the affected joints through as great a range as you can, regularly throughout the day. People with arthritis who exercise regularly have less pain, more energy, improved sleep and better day-to-day function. Starting off slowly with a few low-intensity exercises will help to ensure a safe and successful exercise program.
Strengthening exercises may sometimes give discomfort and lead to muscle ache. Stretching exercises also are necessary to ease joint ache. However, neither of them should give rise to acute pain. If exercise leads to swelling or sharp pain, stop and make sure you are doing the exercise correctly. If discomfort lasts longer than a couple of hours you may be working too hard – slow down or reduce your repetitions.
Here’s how Physiotherapy benefits Arthritics
A physiotherapist can tell you about methods of pain relief that work alongside your medications. They provide advice and education on exercise, pain relief and ways to manage your condition. You can learn ways to improve your joint movement and learn to strengthen your muscles.
Physiotherapy can –
- Help you stay active and independent
- Be stronger, fitter and more flexible
- Manage your pain
In an assessment, the physiotherapist will examine your posture, muscles, and, if relevant, the way you walk. They will ask about the activities which cause you pain. They will then work on a personalized treatment plan that may include exercise, right posture, massage, therapeutic techniques, pain relief mechanisms etc.
Physio is a form of arthritis treatment where exercises can help relieve both pain and stiffness for the person. It is aimed at improving the symptoms of the disease – pain, swelling and stiffness. You can easily begin to notice a positive difference within a couple or a few physiotherapy sessions.
The goal of physical therapy is to get a person back to the point where he or she can perform normal, everyday activities without difficulty.
Hydrotherapy is beneficial
Some physiotherapists have access to a hydrotherapy pool where you can perform exercises in warm water. It is usually easier to move in water – the warmth is soothing and the water supports your weight so that you can move your joints and muscles without straining them.
The help of a therapist and planning your activities well will let you enjoy your daily activities painlessly.