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Easy Exercises to Relieve Osteoarthritis

How to Relieve Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease) affecting millions of Americans every day are looking for ways to relieve their pain. Osteoarthritis pain occurs when the cartilage has worn away on joint ends. When you’re in pain, exercise can be a daunting thought. Research has shown that building up the muscles around the joints can slow the progression of Osteoarthritis. Remember it’s never too late to get moving. Try these easy exercises to relieve osteoarthritis.

Water Aerobics

Looking for a beneficial exercise that is low impact and provides strength building? For those who think that pumping iron or squats and lunges are too daunting, try a water aerobics class. Water aerobics classes often use water weights for extra muscle development. If you already have joint pain, then water aerobics won’t put any extra stress on your body.

Wall Slides

Wall slides mimics sitting in a chair, but with the help of a wall. Press your back firmly against a wall and then lower your body down in a seated position. Once in position, slowly rise up. Try to complete 10 to 12 reps. If this is difficult, you can also try this exercise with an exercise ball.

Hamstring and Calf Stretches

It is important to keep the legs and knees strong. Before any routine, stretching is of the most important thing to remember. For an effective hamstring stretch, sit on the ground, put one leg out in front of you and bend the other leg with the foot level with your knee. Stretch forward as far as you can comfortably go. Switch legs and repeat.

Half Squats

Often times, a full squat seems difficult. If this is the case, try a half squat. This type of squat can be very effective for strengthening the legs and knees. Start in a standing position, squat half way down to a seated position (your legs should be at a 90-degree angle) and repeat.

Things to Remember

Most weight-bearing exercises will help keep your muscles strong and joints healthy. However, don’t overdo it, especially if you have joint pain. You can try yoga or pilates at your local gym. Remember, keep those muscles moving! Contact Campbell Medical Clinic at (832) 460-6468 to rid your life of Osteoarthritis today. Our doctors can help provide you pain relief and ensure you achieve your wellness goals.

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