Arthritis is an umbrella term, which is connected with diseases specifically related to the joints. They cause inflammation and pain.Being of numerous types, each requires a precise treatment technique and process. Additionally, it is important to remember that exercises can form part of anarthritis treatment regime but cannot heal arthritis. The type of exercises you are prescribed is again connected with the type of arthritis you have.But there are some important points that have to be kept in mind while exercising. To give a general idea about how these exercises need to be used,a description is given below.
- The exercises involve the strengthening of muscles around the joint without putting pressure on the joint itself. This is crucial as the joint in question is already damaged.Therefore, any pressure applied to it will cause only further damage.
- For this reason, exercises in bed, swimming and other methods such as specially made elastic bands are used. In addition, the mobilization concepts developed by Maitland and Mulligan may also be used. These very importantly, do not put stress on the joint(s) being exercised.
- Additionally, the joint has a specific range of movement, which will lessen as arthritis progresses. Whatever the range of existing movement of the joint, it is vital to stay within it while exercising. Otherwise, more than that could do more harm than good.
All the above points help to slowdown the progress of joint damage. But all exercises are part of the treatment,which could include medication, wearing special shoes, postural changes and other requirements.