Other than swimming, what is the best type of daily excercise for a person with rheumatoid arthritis?
I have a loved one with RA. She is young, 29 years old and has been suffering from RA since she was 17. The pain consumes almost every joint in her body. She has flexibility during her workday (it is at home) for her to exercise throughout. What type of exercises and stretches can she do at home to alleviate both pain and stiffness?
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I know several people with RA, and it is difficult to watch how debilitating this can be.
I have several people with RA who come regularly to my MELT classes, and the soft roller along with self-directed lengthening has been helpful to most of them (unfortunately not all). Since there are still only few MELT instructors, your loved one may not be near one of us but there is now a book out called 'The MELT Method' (it's on Amazon), and I would strongly suggest to check that out.
I very much hope that this will help.
The ACSM recommends cycle and rowing. Perhaps she can perform those exercises in the pool with fitness equipment designed for water use.
Hope this gives you some direction.
I am sorry to hear this; but, there is always something that can be done.
Decompression work may help. She can do what she enjoys, but on a lower intensity to keep inflammation at bay. Wrist and ankle weights may help.
I think the pool is the best idea. Have you seen the treadmill pools? Would that be an option? People swim in place, use a treadmill on the floor and more.
I hope this helps. I wish you and your loved one the best.
Do you use an arthritis pain scale measure?
Remember movement of the body does not have to be standing. It can simply be ROM of single joint and multi joint exercises or stretches. For example, finger and wrist exercises can be done anywhere. So, if we know that moving every half hour during our work day is important, then designing exercise and stretches for her that she can do every half hour during the day can help alleviate pain and stiffness. One joint every half hour.