It’s easy to take our joints for granted. A simple turning of the head, walking upstairs, even typing all seem like mundane activities that are a given, but sometimes they are not. Arthritis is a condition that causes joint pain and stiffness due to swelling. The term is used as a general definition for hundreds of different joint diseases. As stated by the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects over 50 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of disability in the country.
Our joints give us a high quality of life and independence, which is why they are important to preserve for overall wellness. If caught early, steps can be taken to prevent long term pain and damage to the joints.
Here are 5 exercises that may help with arthritis pain:
This first video has great general tips for loosening up the joints and muscles. This video emphasizes the importance of continuing to work on range of motion and stretching to help with arthritis pain.
This second video is specifically for hand arthritis. Our hands are active every day, from typing, texting, holding coffee, and are an important source of activity in the body.
This third video specifically targets the hips and knees. It shows easy stretches that can relieve arthritis pain.
This fourth video focuses on how yoga can help with arthritis. Not only can yoga relax and stretch our bodies, it may also improve painful areas.
This fifth video gives tips on exercises for joint pain in the neck and shoulders. It focuses on range of motion to open up the joints and relieve tension while building strength in the affected areas.