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Strengthening exercise in arthritis

Isometric versus isotonic exercises

The typical triad of arthritis warning symptoms consisting of stiffness, pain, and swelling often decreases the range of mobility in the affected joints. In addition, as the patient usually avoids physical activity because of pain or difficulty in movements, it also results in significant muscle wasting (loss) and excessive weight gain.  Strength training or exercise, as part of a detailed and complete arthritis therapy plan (including diet, drug or herbal therapy, lifestyle changes) can enhance joint mobility, muscle strength, power and general health and feeling of well being in a patient with arthritis. Also, the physical effects of exercise also help you maintain an optimal body weight. 

Also known as weight lifting or resistance training, strength training or strengthening exercises are the workouts that are performed to increase muscle strength, endurance and muscle size. Some physical therapy experts also describe strength training as the type of exercise that is done against some sort of “resistance” e.g. weight training is done against the force of gravity.

Based on the severity of your arthritis, your physician or physical therapist may suggest either isometric or isotonic exercises.

  1. Arthritis Pain Relief, provailen, thumb joint pain, big toe joint pain, treatment for arthritis, arthritis remedies, arthritis in knee, shoulder joint painIsometric exercises (Isometrics): Also known as static exercises, these are the exercises that involve contracting the muscle without moving the joint.  Hence, in arthritis, these workouts can help strengthen muscles without bending the tender or sore joints as they do not involve joint movement but rather strengthen muscle groups by using an alternating series of isolated muscle flexes and intervals of relaxation.

    Examples include pushing one palm against the other, performing a "wall sit' exercise with your back against the wall and your knees and hips fixed at 90 degrees.

  2. Arthritis Pain Relief, provailen, thumb joint pain, big toe joint pain, treatment for arthritis, arthritis remedies, arthritis in knee, shoulder joint painIsotonic exercises (Isotonics): Also known as dynamic constant external resistance or DCER, these are the exercises that involve contracting the muscle while moving one or more joints. 

    In other words, in isotonic exercises, the muscle tendons pull against bone to cause joint movement. Isotonics are considered more intensive and can help in achieving strength development through enhanced repetitions or by means of light resistance with small dumbbells or stretch bands.

Examples include any moving exercise such as weight training to rowing or running and biceps curl. In fact, isotonic exercises can easily be done using weights, elastic tubing or exercise bands, depending on the type, degree of severity of arthritis and patient’s own convenience and age.

In short, strength training can an excellent and yet safe and easy way of increasing endurance, joint mobility as well as decreasing arthritis related symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness and swelling. To achieve maximum results in minimum time, any strength training workout can be best combined with the regular consumption of some quality herbal supplement for arthritis such as Provailen.  In fact, many naturopaths and herbalists do recommend such a combination because of the very fact that both factors i.e. exercise and herbal supplement are considered “natural” methods of obtaining relief in arthritis.

 

 

 

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