Exercise & Prevention

Falls Can Be Serious-18 Ways To Prevent Them

Falls are the leading cause of accidental death among people over the age of 75 and the second leading cause of accidental death among people age 45- 75, according to the National Although no one has been able to crack the mystery of the relationship between aging and falling, one thing is certain: As people age, sensory factors such as vision, inner ear and touch decline, making them less able to detect that theyre slipping.…

Tai Chi: Go With The Flow

Tai chi, a martial art that has been practiced in China for more than 600 years, has been shown to embolden its practitioners in another kind of war-the battle against arthritis. In its less strenuous forms, tai chi exercises the body, mind and spirit by gently working muscles and improving the flow of qi (pronounced chi), the life energy that is said to sustain health and calm the mind. With its focus on breathing and…

Pain And The Power Of Positive Thinking

Has a well-intentioned friend ever told you that your arthritic pain is a product of your imagination-that its all in your mind? Well, your friend was probably wrong. Pain can, indeed, be real. Anchored soundly in your physiology, it can play a valuable role in drawing your attention to the parts of your body that have gone haywire and need fixing. …

In the News: 12/03

RA Patients At Higher Risk For Periodontal Disease New evidence suggests that individuals with moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease are at higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and vice-versa. Although its not known just how closely the two conditions are allied, researchers at the University of Queensland (Australia) School of Dentistry have discovered similarities in factors contributing to both diseases. …

Hip Moves

Healthy hip joints are essential for keeping yourself on the go. These ball-and-socket connections between leg and pelvis are at the center of the action each time you sit, stand, take a step, rotate your leg, or bend at the waist. To make sure that these daily activities remain easy to do, its important that you keep the muscles around your hip joints strong and flexible. Here are several exercises that will help. Some may…

Knees: TLC For An Overworked Joint

Your knee is a mechanical wonder, enabling this largest of weight-bearing joints to roll, glide, and rotate. Unfortunately, its also the most used and abused of joints, too often injured by sudden trauma or long-term wear and tear. To help protect these most complex of joints from premature breakdown, you need to keep the supporting muscles and ligaments strong and flexible. Here are four exercises that will help. Some may not be appropriate if you…

Ankle Stretches Reduce Risk Of Strains And Sprains

Your ankle joints are the weight-bearing workhorses of your body. These low-profile constructs of bones and ligaments bend and twist more than a million times a year to help you maintain balance and stability. Keeping your ankles strong and flexible makes them better able to bear your body weight and to withstand the sudden twists and turns of exercise, or of a misstep, with less risk of a stretched or torn ligament. Here are three…

Take A Dip, And Do Your Knees A Favor

The disabling pain that comes with osteoarthritis of the knee may cramp your style on the tennis court, ski slope, and hiking trail. But if youre like most people suffering from knee OA, the discomfort shouldnt be enough to keep you from slipping into a warm swimming pool and, under the guidance of an aquatic exercise specialist, going through a series of comfortable routines designed to both ease your pain and strengthen your knee. …

Three Pool Moves To Help Your Hip

Every time you rise from a squatting position or take a step, you place from three to seven times the weight of your body on the bones and muscles of your hip joints. When you perform such motions in a swimming pool, however, the natural buoyancy of the water gently lifts the pressure from those joints while still allowing you to exercise the glutei, abductors, quadriceps, and other hip-related muscles. This is why aching hips…

PT: Self-Directed Wellness

For those with arthritis, the role of the physical therapist may seem straightforward: Devise a plan to help you hurt less, move more, and function better. But the reality is a bit more complex. Your arthritis is often different from that of others, and the things you want to accomplish, with the help of physical therapy, will vary according to your job and lifestyle. …

RA And Exercise: A Delicate Balance

Just about everyone-including hundreds of thousands of American adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-can benefit significantly from a well-conceived and properly executed program of physical exercise. All such programs must, of course, be carefully tailored according to an individuals age, overall health, physical limitations, and other factors that will determine the advisable frequency, intensity, duration, and types of activities comprising the optimal workout agenda. …

Zapping Chronic Tendon Pain

Patients suffering from debilitating tennis elbow, heel pain, and other chronic tendon injuries often face an unpleasant last resort when they fail drug therapy and rehab-the knife. But now, doctors at The Cleveland Clinic have developed a shocking new way to relieve their pain. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-surgical procedure that replaces the scalpel with powerful acoustic waves. The exact mechanism remains unclear, but its believed that the sound waves destroy…