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Certain Types Of Exercise May Help To Improve Arthritis Symptoms

November 16, 2010 by  

Certain types of exercise may help to improve arthritis symptomsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, while 1.5 million experience rheumatoid arthritis. These individuals may experience significant pain, inflammation or stiffness in their joints as a result. However, a new study suggests that leading a healthier lifestyle and participating in physical activities may help to reduce joint pain.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina recruited 354 adults who were at least 18 years old and had reported experiencing some type of arthritis. The subjects were divided into two groups, one of which participated in a two-month Tai Chi course. All of the participants received an 8-week follow-up evaluation, during which time the group that did not initially take part in the Tai Chi classes was then given this training.

The scientists discovered that there were improvements in pain, stiffness and fatigue among the individuals who had been immediately placed in the Tai Chi courses. These subjects also reported an overall better sense of wellbeing.

Leigh Callahan, the study's lead author, said the investigation "shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis."

The CDC reports that 44 percent of adults who suffer from arthritis do not participate in any physical activities. These individuals could consider adding Tai Chi to their daily routine to reduce their joint pain.

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  • Dan az

    The thing that works for me is to try to stay active.Its when you stop is when the pain becomes greater.After being in construction for a better part of 50 yrs there comes a time when you cant go any farther.Thats when things get much worse you slow down and change the way you work and things start getting worse yet. So My point is rthis form of exercise is as good as swimming very low impact which we all need now.I would just like to get my hands on the guy that said these are our golden years!

    • BrotherPatriot

      LoL…Dan. Ya, I feel your pain…literally. My life was all about being physical…martial arts, football, military, forest service fire fighter, weight lifting, etc…and now when I wake up…yeah, it hurts for awhile until my body warms up. It is what it is. The key is exactly as you said…light excerise, stretching and swimming helps a great deal to stave off the worste days. Putting it simply…we all should stay active as it’s important for not only our physical health but our mental health as well. I recommend 20 min of light excercise and stretching at least 3 times a week. Its amazing what this will do for your overall well being.

      God Bless…each & everyone of us.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Dan az,
      what the guy wasn’t telling you is he meant the fact that now they are injecting gold into arthritic joints!!! THAT’S why they are the golden years!!!

      • Dan az

        Joe H
        now that makes since.lol

  • Dennis

    I started eating breakfast every day,something a hadn’t done in a long time, always in a hurry, have a lite lunch, and a good dinner, does wonders for weight loss, i also started working out again along with walking on a treadmill i’ve lost 16 lb,s in about 45 days an looking to drop another 20 within the next 6 months and feel alot better, After working in the construction field as a welder for many years, doing alot of heavy lifting, jumping up and down on machines, it does catch up with your sholders, knees, and hands, but sence i started working out, walking on the treadmill and eating right i’m finding that the pain i alot less.

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