Joint pain and stiffness are the most common condition affecting most people today. Conditions such as arthritis are the known causes of joint pain and stiffness. If you have ever suffered from joint stiffness, then you know how difficult day to day activities can be. While medication will help ease the pain, in the long run, there are exercises that you may try that will help you relief the pain and the stiffness. Forget the popular belief that exercise will increase the pain. On the contrary, it is a lack of it that will make the situation even worse. If you are suffering from severe joint pain, try one of these exercises, However, before you start any exercise ensure you consult your doctor so that he or she may advise you on which exercise is safe for you. Such exercises include:
They are also known as endurance exercises. They are excellent if you are looking to improve cardiovascular health, stamina or general weight management. The thing about aerobics is that they will not only help you reduce the joint stiffness, but also help in overall fitness by keeping you energized throughout the day. Aerobic exercises range from walking, swimming, cycling and such activities. About thirty minutes of low-impact aerobics three times a week will work wonder on your joints.
- Leg Stretch
This exercise targets the joints on the lower body. It is majorly known as the hamstring stretch. To do this, sit on the edge of a chair and straighten one leg in front of you. Give it some time there then lower it to the ground (or the floor if you wish). Hold on until you feel some impact then switch to the other leg and repeat the same process.
- Shoulder Rolls
Shoulder rolls will help you exercise the joints around the neck area and arms. To perform this exercise, stand upright, ensuring your hand are straight and as close to the body as possible. Roll the shoulders gently to the front for about ten times and then repeat the same process with the shoulders going to the back. This should help you feel better and be able to move the joint around that area with much ease.
- Swing the Hips
It works the same way as the leg stretch as they both target the lower body. To do this exercise, ensure you have a sturdy chair with you which will be used as support. Bend your joints a little bit and then make sure your hands are on the chair. Keep a straight posture and then swing one of your legs forward and then backwards. Your spine should in no way be arched. Perform this procedure for about ten times then repeat with the other leg.
- Bend on the Sides
It helps to strengthen the stiff muscles in the upper body and lower body. Stand upright with your legs apart. The width of your shoulders should be the distance between the feet. The tummy should be tucked in, and knees slightly bent. Move your right arm up and over the head to the left side. As you do this, slide your left arm in such a way that it touches the left knee. You should not feel any pain by doing this but if you do, it’s a sign that you are taking it too far. Hold on for a few seconds then return to the start position. Let the other side feel the same impact.
- Roll The Hips
The exercise targets the hips and the joints on the lower body. Lie flat with your legs far apart ensuring to keep your knees straight. Rolls your knees and feet towards each other in such a way that the toes (almost) touch and the knees face each other. Hold on for a while then repeat the same process a few more times.
Joint pain and stiffness should not weigh you down when you can manage them with exercise, medication and diet. Performing the above exercises a few times a week will ease the pain and stiffness within no time. Also, there are supplements that you can try that aim to reduce joint pain. A good example is flexoplex. It is an oral based supplement that aims to reduce joint stiffness, pain, burning and inflammation. According to the manufacturers, the supplement differs from your normal painkillers by the fact that it doesn’t offer temporal relief on your joints but rather aims to repair the damage and stop the pain from the source. It will also help you to prevent future pain from even occurring. How true that is, only you can tell us by trying. However, so far, the consumer reviews are promising. Ask your doctor about it.
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