Exercise has been described as somewhat of a Silver Bullet in the Prevention
and Management of a Wide Range of Conditions.
Physical activity is described as any activity involving bodily movement produced by muscles, this means that
Activities like House Work and Walking To The Shops Count towards meeting your recommended daily activity guidelines.
The World Health Organisation recommends either:
- 150 mins of Moderate Intensity Activity per week
- 75 mins of Vigorous Activity per week
- Strength Building Activities recommended on 2 days per week.
Exercise is more of a planned venture with the aim of increasing physical fitness or strength.
A regular exercise programme has a number of Benefits for those Suffering from Osteoarthritis.
- Reduced pain and stiffness
- Improved function carrying out day to day tasks such as climbing stairs, walking and doing house work
- Improved weight control
- Improvement in psychological well being
- Better Sleep
Research has also showed that Improvements in Hip and Knee Strength are Positively
correlated with the amount of cartilage in the knee for instance.
Exercise has a Natural Anti-Inflammatory effect both within Joints Affected by Osteoarthritis and in the rest of the body.
This means that exercise has the ability to stimulate production of the cells in the body responsible for building cartilage.
Weight Bearing activities such as Walking, Running and Strength Training have been
shown to Increase the amount of Cartilage within a joint.
Many people with osteoarthritis believe exercise will damage their joints further due
to the pain they can experience following exercise when they have perhaps overdone it.
The thing to remember is that Even if you don’t have Osteoarthritis you will Experience Pain
following Exercise If You Have Overdone It.
This post exercise pain, which does not necessarily mean damage, usually results in those affected by
Osteoarthritis Doing Less physical activity which unfortunately Speeds up the Process of Osteoarthritis
and Leads to an Overall Worsening of Symptoms.
The cycle of exercising heavily, being in a lot of pain and becoming more inactive is known as the Boom Bust Cycle
and is something we need to be aware of.
A gradual increase in activity is a much better idea and will help much more in the long term.
If you are struggling to manage your osteoarthritis and can relate to any of this.
Please contact us and we can help you by carrying out a thorough assessment of you and your symptoms
and help you get back to doing the things that are important to you.
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