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Tips to Alleviate Suffering Due to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Are you suffering from pain resulting from rheumatoid arthritis? Here are some easy ways to bring relief from your condition.

With rheumatoid arthritis, you’ll need to move about to loosen your joints. Stiffness and swelling tend to happen with you lose flexibility, which results when you simply stay immobile. To help yourself feel better, get up and get moving. Loosen your joints and improve your fitness with more exercise. If you are not physically active, speak with your doctor as to the amount or intensity of exercise you need to perform. It also helps to have an exercise trainer who can prepare a personalized regimen and advise you on the activities best suited for you.

Ideally you should go for low-impact exercises like walking or swimming. The goal is to put less stress on your joints. Choose an activity that suits your fitness levels.

While it may seem like a good idea to forego strengthening exercises, it pays to have stronger muscles and bones if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Developed muscles and fortified bones can give your joints better support. Ask your doctor or trainer regarding the use of weights, machines or elastic bands.

Swimming is the best low-impact exercise for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Not only does the water feel good, the movements required in swimming don’t put a lot of strain on your joints. Biking is also a good alternative to swimming. If you don’t have access to a bike, you can do walking as your cardio exercise.

Don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout. If joint pain or stiffness occurs when you stretch, apply moist heat on the affected area to ease the sensation. Remember, stretching exercises should make you feel good, so always try to keep them gentle.

Always find time to rest. Pick a day for downtime. Also, during exercises, rest as often as you need to avoid putting a lot of strain on your affected joints.

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