If your mom or dad is suffering from arthritis pain, exercise is probably the last thing they feel like doing. While doctors might once have recommended that their arthritic patients reduce physical activity and allow the joints to rest, that’s no longer the case. Today, doctors know that exercise can actually help patients with arthritis by easing pain and increasing function and mobility. Because starting to exercise can be difficult, your parent may find it easier if they have someone to exercise with. Consider exercising with your parent or asking your parent’s elder care provider to help make exercise more fun by going for walks or even joining in as they exercise.
Benefits of Exercise for People with Arthritis
Exercise is important for the prevention of all sorts of health problems, so it is just as important for people with arthritis to exercise as it is for anyone. While you might think that exercise could aggravate arthritic joints, just the opposite is true. In fact, being inactive can make them stiffer and more painful. When people with arthritis exercise, they are building up the muscles that help support joints, which reduces the stress placed on the joints. Other benefits of exercise include:
• Improved balance.
• Controlling weight.
• More energy throughout the day.
• Sleeping better.
• Helps with bone strength.
• Better quality of life.
Types of Exercise
Your parent’s doctor or physical therapist may recommend a variety of exercises depending on the type of arthritis your parent has and what their physical limitations are. Types of exercise that may be recommended are:
• Strengthening Exercises: These types of exercises help build up the muscles that support joints. Your parent’s doctor may suggest weight training or exercising with resistance bands. Strengthening exercises should be done two to three days of the week for the best results.
• Balance Exercises: Balance exercises are important to prevent falls, which can be common among people who have arthritis. Balance exercises may be combined with other forms of exercise and should be done a minimum of three times per week.
• Aerobic Exercises: Aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping, which is important for overall health. People with arthritis should be mindful of what their body can tolerate and may wish to choose low-impact exercises that place less stress on the joints.
• Range of Motion Exercises: These exercises help reduce and prevent stiffness in joints. They help to improve joint mobility so that they can move through their full range of motion.
If your parent struggles with arthritis pain, be sure to ask their doctor for recommendations regarding exercise for their particular form of arthritis, and ask which types of exercise would be most beneficial. Once you’ve talked to the doctor, you and your parent’s elder care provider can help your parent by encouraging them to exercise at home or driving them to an exercise class.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care in Jensen Beach FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at 772-872-6983.
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