"I know that time will change... It hurts my joints"

by Gonçalo Moraes Sarmento, Lifeclinic® - Health care Orthopaedic

Clinical studies have shown that exercise helps people suffering with arthritis in many ways. On the one hand reduce pain and stiffness by another increase flexibility, muscle strength, heart health and endurance. They can also help in weight reduction and contribute to a sense of well-being.

With fall coming, they are logical and expected climate changes - the sun becomes more timid, the clouds reappear as a constant and increasing humidity increases the rain so important to our survival, for the entire ecological balance but overall while distasteful to an immediate comfort and well-being.

Those who suffer most in this context is certainly the highest age group, particularly the elderly and large elderly, so indifferent in both sexes, but also some risk groups - patients with marked motor disabilities or mental disorders referenced, which are deprived of your daily walk, either individually or together which gives them many benefits at all levels.

The most frequent diseases associated with the elderly, who are the cause of falls and the serious consequences thereof, are certainly the loss of balance, impaired vision, deafness, but highlight the decline in motor coordination and loss of muscle tone as the biggest obstacle to the independence of older people with direct negative impacts in terms of activities of daily living.

The periods of cold, wind and rain here involved precisely this segment of the population, inhibiting them from leaving with the ease and frequency that matter, making it necessary offsetting measures that some predictable inactivity, or even required some stimuli and advice in order to to minimize falls and the resulting osteoporotic fractures that need surgical intervention or not, lead to serious complications and clearly decreasing independence.

Exercise to combat chronic problems
Wherever you walk, it seems that only speaks of exercise. The magazine covers the latest discoveries and advertise your ads to gymnastics clubs flood radio and television. There is nothing new, since the benefits of physical activity for health as they relate to records of China exercises organized for the improvement of health dated back to 2500 BC, the recent problem relates to our new sedentary way of life which is causing great devastation in our body.

So for people with chronic problems like arthritis, diabetes or heart disease and after the endorsement doctor, you should seek advice from a physiotherapist or fitness coach familiar with your problem and should:
- Include in your program either aerobic or endurance activities;
- Apply heat in the sore joints before exercise or plan your workout for after a hot bath or shower;
- Warm up with gentle stretching;
- Gradually add resistance exercises using weights progressives;
- Add aerobic activity such as walking on the treadmill, stationary bike or swimming;
- Progressing slowly;
- After exercising, apply cold compresses or cold gel pads if required;
- Stop if joints become inflamed, painful or red;

Pay attention
Listen to your body. Never force a movement if you are experiencing pain or discomfort more than his usual.

Do not forget that inactivity is detrimental to the joints, threatening nutrition of cartilage, making them thinner and thus more fragile and the establishment of the deterioration of osteoarthritis.

Fight the winter at home or in suitable indoor ... and stay in shape!

Inform yourself
Visit the Orthopaedic annually to a professional evaluation and possible prevention of osteoarthritis.

Dr. (PhD) Gonçalo Moraes SarmentoDr. (PhD) Gonçalo Moraes Sarmento, Lifeclinic® - Health care Orthopaedic
Professor of Orthopaedics ESSA School
Orthopaedic Surgeon at Sant'ana Hospital

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This article was published in BOA SAÚDE - O seu guia do bem estar magazine No. 2 of october.


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