Good Moves November 2011 Issue

Press, Push Your Way to Joint Pain Relief

Isometric exercise is easy and effective. Isotonic moves deliver even better results in the least amount of time.

Two joints commonly affected by arthritis, the knee and the shoulder, can benefit from isometric and isotonic exercises. Isometric, or squeezing, exercises involve tightening a muscle for several seconds, without moving any other body parts, to condition muscle fiber. Isotonic exercise, which promotes muscle contraction, involves pushing against a moveable resistance. Both types of exercise can strengthen the support structure around the knee to protect it.

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