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With the pain arthritis causes, it’s easy to think that the best thing to do is to subscribe to a lifetime of rest and inactivity in order to avoid further hurting arthritic joints. However, it’s not commonly known that exercise can actually help ease the symptoms of arthritis, and along with laser therapy to promote faster recovery, it can be the best non-drug treatment course for improving pain and function associated with osteoarthritis. Discover the benefits of exercise in treating osteoarthritis, and combine your new routine with the HandyRx laser therapy for arthritis.
Types of Exercises that Alleviate Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Aerobic or Endurance Exercises
Endurance exercises strengthen the heart and make the lungs more efficient as activity escalates and proper breathing is required to sustain movements. Over time, conditioning with endurance exercises reduces fatigue, thereby building your stamina. Aside from strength, these exercises also come in handy in controlling weight by increasing the amount of calories the body burns as you stay active. Examples of these exercises include walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, or using an elliptical machine.
To make sure you are in top shape before and after exercising, regular use of your HandyRx laser therapy device for arthritis strengthens the joints and keeps the pain-causing inflammation in the joints at bay, allowing you to safely exercise.
Range of Motion or Flexibility Exercises
Range of motion is your ability to move your joints through the full motion they were designed for. Range of motion exercises include gentle stretching and movements that take joints through their full span. Regularly doing range of motion exercises can help maintain and improve flexibility, even of arthritic joints. Combined with laser therapy for arthritis using the HandyRx, you can promote a safe and healthy movement of your joints, and promote faster healing from soreness, so you can safely exercise your joints through their full range of motion.
These exercises maintain and improve muscle strength. With strong muscles, you can support and protect joints affected by arthritis, allowing mobility even as severe cases of the condition prompt a sedentary lifestyle.
There are two types of strengthening exercises that are particularly beneficial for those with arthritis:
One of the simplest and most affordable exercises, walking is the exercise that is easiest on the joints. When you walk, you improve circulation in your joints and tissues, while warding off heart disease, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens the heart. By stopping or slowing down the loss of bone mass, it lowers your risk of fractures, and tones the muscles that support arthritic joints.
Conditions like arthritis are characterized by inflammation, pain, and loss of proper circulation; but walking, combined with the HandyRx laser therapy for arthritis, can improve microcirculation, safely exercise the joint, and reduce inflammation - overall, reducing and alleviating pain that comes with the condition.
Aquatic or Water Exercises
Exercising in the water is particularly helpful for people just starting an active lifestyle, or for those who are overweight. And no, aquatic exercises aren’t actually swimming; these are performed while standing an about shoulder-height water. The water actually has a therapeutic effect on the body as it relieves pressure off arthritic joints caused by excess weight, in particular, your hips and knees. While doing so, it provides resistance that strengthens the muscles. With regular aquatic exercise, you can relieve pain and improve daily function of arthritic joints.
Combined with the HandyRx laser therapy for arthritis, your joints can heal faster as pressure on them is relieved, while circulation improves to reduce swelling and inflammation.