While the cure for arthritis pain continues to be studied and pioneered in stem cell research and development, a simple exercise regime can go a long way in dealing with arthritis pain. A study by Dr. Sara Wilcox of the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina reveal that a three-hours-a-week exercise regime can reduce pain suffering of arthritic patients. This weekly requirement translates to roughly 25-30 minutes of exercise a day. In the study, participants’ pain rating decreased from 4.7 out of 10 to 4.3. Those who suffer from chronic joint inflammation felt significant improvements in pain relief, stiffness and tiredness after just three months.
Three-Step Home Exercise Regime to Alleviate Arthritis Pain
The program, First Step to Active Health, involves three steps in the exercise regime, all of which can be done in the comfort of one’s home.
1. Stand upright from a seated position then sit again without using your arms.
2. With arms outstretched, reach toes from a sitting position with knees straight.
3. Walk as quickly as possible around the home for six minutes.
The study, conducted among 197 sufferers with an average age of 56, shows that patients were able to steadily increase their health and mobility in just three months. This further affirms that exercise has great benefits – even the low-impact ones like this exercise regime. This gentle exercise improves physical ability, general fitness and mood of patients and more importantly, safe to carry out even with elderly people.
Consistent Self-Management is the Key
Previous studies have shown that exercise benefit arthritic patients but almost all of them usually do not keep up with the prescribed exercise program. With 70% of those afflicted with osteoarthritis in constant pain, any program that can help confront and manage it is welcome.
The findings of the study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, hopes that this simple, home-based exercise regime can give patients self-confidence in managing their pain, and not let the pain control and manage them.