By Lee-Anne Wann
Many people think they have to accept pain and stiffness due to the arthritis and, therefore, not much can be done about it.
The reality is much of your pain may be due to the stiffness in the joint and tightness in the muscles around the joint, and not always due to the degenerative changes. When we experience pain, our tendency is to move less to avoid pain. Less movement leads to stiffer joints.
The key to reducing this type of pain is to gradually increase movement and improve joint mobility. A phrase often used is “motion is lotion”. When we move our joints we actually “lubricate” the joint surfaces. This reduces friction in the joint surfaces making movement easier.
Movement also increases blood flow and nutrition to the joint, which will help reduce pain. For hip and knee arthritis the stationary bike is a great exercise to loosen up your joints.
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