Arthritis is a common condition affecting more than 10 million people in the UK.
It can cause pain, and even the simplest of movements can be hard to perform.
There are a number of simple exercises you can still do to work core, upper body and lower body – even tai chi.
The recommendations come from Arthritis Foundation:
- The first video demonstrates how to loosen shoulder with tai chi
- The second is tai chi spine stretches recommend by Dr Paul Lam
- The third is tai chi neck stretches from Dr Paul Lam
There is no guaranteed cure or prevention of arthritis and any joint in the body can become arthritic.
But different measures can be implemented to reduce the risk of getting arthritis in particular joints.
From taking supplements and vitamins to practicing hand exercises, Group Support Manager at Forest Healthcare has come up with six helpful tips.
Supplements and vitamins
Diet contributes significantly to the development of dementia, and some vitamins and supplements can help to relieve the symptoms of dementia as well as prevent the disease, according to Chris.
He added: “Fatty acids and omega 3 found in fish oils helps inflammatory arthritis. Vitamin E can also help to repair cells around the joints, and can be gained from nuts, sunflower seeds and avocado.
“Being aware of the risks and preventative factors of arthritis will help to reduce the risks. So be mindful of the things you can do to keep your body happy and healthy.”
Practice hand exercises
Regular hand exercises will strengthen muscles, relieve tension and stiffness, and help to keep tendons flexible, according to Chris.
He said: “Flexing your fingers, rotating the wrists, and finger touching are small simple exercises that can be done anywhere anytime.”
Chris said: “Let’s face it, a majority of health problems can be prevented by stopping smoking. If you don’t smoke you are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.”
Avoid repetitive activities
Many jobs require repetitive activities such as typing or lifting heavy objects.
Chris said: “Such activities can cause injury to the joints and increase the likelihood of developing arthritis. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, take precautions and invest in a special keyboard to support your wrists.
Take care when playing sports
Chris said: “Sports related injuries are likely to contribute to the development of arthritis. So make sure you play safe on the playing field.”
Maintain a healthy weight
Being overweight is a significant cause of arthritis.
Chris said: “Carrying excess weight on your body puts extra pressure on the hip and knee joints, making them weaker and more likely to become arthritic. Keeping a healthy weight can be achieved by regular exercise and cutting out refined sugar from the diet, as well as eating smaller portions. Speak to your doctor to find out more about losing weight, if you are concerned.”
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include joint pain, inflammation and stiffness. But, some people are more at risk of greater pain than others.