Rheumatoid arthritis is an incapacitating autoimmune ailment that mostly causes damages to the small joints of the hands and feet. It causes painful swelling that might be worsened into cartilage damage, bone erosion and joint deformity.
The study presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association states that the low-impact exercise programmes play a crucial role in decreasing pain, augmenting mobility and enhancing life quality in older adults who are diagnosed with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions.
Joints often get stiffened due to inactivity, and the muscles start weakening if not exercises are practised on a regular basis. The human bodies are mobile enough to move, and lack of activity leads to weakness and stiffness, and joints with arthritis often worsen with inactivity
Older adults can perform chair and floor mat exercises using stretch bands and other gentle activities. Chinese breathing techniques and meditation are also regarded as the best techniques for staying fit and active.
Rheumatoid arthritis is seen in people mostly in their higher ages. It can affect you irrespective of your gender. It is the prime cause behind joint inflammation, wear and tear of tissues, weakening the muscle strength and flexibility of joints. However, scientific studies proved that people who are in their late 50s and 60s are found to experience less pain after practising exercises on a daily basis. The physical function, balance, and confidence about exercising get boosted and the symptoms start decreasing. Muscle stiffness and fatigue can be successfully controlled, and a significant difference in pain intensity is observed before practising the exercises and the aftermath of exercises.
Older adults following mild exercises also recorded consequential improvements in their ability to perform activities of daily living, such as lifting or carrying groceries; climbing stairs; bending, kneeling and stooping; and bathing and getting dressed.
According to the viewpoint of the experienced rheumatologists, the prior studies reveal that the mild exercises help with pain at least upto certain extent. Getting people up and moving does appear to help with mood, pain and overall functioning.