Practice Good Posture to Help Keep Your Arthritis in Check

Proper body alignment reduces excess stress on your joints and lessens the aches and pains of arthritis.

With one in five adults in the United States suffering from arthritis, its easy to understand why sophisticated new medications and surgical procedures have become common treatments for the disease. But managing arthritis pain may be as simple as standing up straight. Proper posture helps relieve the symptoms of arthritis, explains Matthew Bunyard, MD, director of clinic operations in the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic. "While poor posture does not cause arthritis, bad posture can lead to more pain from arthritis due to the unnecessary stress on joints and muscles that it causes," says Dr. Bunyard.
To continue reading this article or issue you must be a paid subscriber. Sign in

Subscribe to Arthritis Advisor

Get the next year of Arthritis Advisor for just $20. And access all of our online content - over 1,000 articles - free of charge.
Subscribe today and save 36%. It's like getting 4 months FREE!
Already Subscribed?
Click Here to Sign In | Forgot your password? | Activate Web Access