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February 11, 2010 at 9:46 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid Arthritis affects millions of people around the world. Currently, more than one percent of the world population suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation to the joints including the hands, wrists, ankles, elbows, neck, and feet. Not only does rheumatoid arthritis affect the joints but it also affects other organs like the heart, lungs, and eyes. Those who suffer from chronic rheumatoid arthritis can experience joint destruction, joint deformity, and possibly disability. There are many natural and safe ways to control rheumatoid arthritis. For instance, exercise has proven effective in controlling rheumatoid arthritis.

Why Exercise Is Effective

Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis benefit from moderate amounts of exercise. However, since RA does affect the joints and organs sufferers must learn to balance an exercise program with plenty of rest.

Professionals at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, recommend exercise that is carefully matched with the needs of each individual patient. Through research, they found that exercise can improve RA because it helps to maintain muscle strength, preserve joint function, improve sleeping patterns, reduce pain, suffers maintain a positive outlook on life. It also helps them reach and maintain a healthy weight.

The researchers examined how much downtime or rest is necessary to improve RA symptoms. It was found that RA sufferers that rested in shorter intervals compared to long bed rest sessions experience more improvement with their symptoms.

Sometimes, having RA can make it difficult and painful for sufferers to exercise. The inability to engage in physical activity is one of the most common consequences of RA. In a way, it's a double edged sword because limited physical activity and lack of exercise can actually worsen problems and make RA sufferers weaker, prone to more pain, and less flexible.

More Natural Ways to Control RA

Exercise is just one way to prevent and control rheumatoid arthritis. Many people have found success in yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, self hypnosis, biofeedback techniques, eating a well balanced diet, taking shorter rest periods, using essential oils and herbs, and taking natural herbal supplements. Natural ingredients like glucose, mannose, fucose, and galactose help with controlling and treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Sources:

http://www.baptistonline.org/health/library/arth4176.asp

http://www.ra.com/ra/rastore/cgi-bin/ProdSubEV_Cat_200148_SubCat_200148_NavRoot_301_ProdID_200192.htm

http://www.arava.com/patient/about_rheumatoid_arthritis/ra_exercise_program.do

http://arthritis.about.com/od/alternativetreatments/Alternative_Therapies_Natural_Treatments_Home_Remedies.htm

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