Five Easy Exercises to Help Lower Joint Pain

In Wellness by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

The lower joints are subject to a lot of stress and pressure on a daily basis. Injuries to these joints can be very painful, but there are many ways that you can help to relieve your joint pain.

Knee pain

Go for a Short Walk

Taking a short walk can be beneficial for your joints, because it helps to work out the pain and keeps them from becoming stiff, according to WebMD. This doesn’t mean that you should be taking long walks or doing strenuous walking, because that can exacerbate existing pain and cause further damage due to the impact on the joints. Be sure that your walk is not too tiring or too long. A short stroll is a great option for quick relief of joint pain.

Take a Water Aerobics Class

According to the Arthritis Foundation, water aerobics are great for people who have joint pain. This low-impact exercise is great, because it doesn’t cause as much stress on the joints as walking on the hard ground does. In fact, it reduces the amount of pressure and weight put on your aching joints, which can provide both immediate and long-term relief. Water aerobics is easy to do, and you may even benefit from the fact that it doesn’t truly feel like exercise. Consider a water aerobics class with people who have the same activity level as you to ensure that you are not overwhelmed with the exercise.

Go for a Quick Swim

Swimming is a great way to get exercise and provides a highly aerobic activity that is very easy for people of every skill level. Finding a great swimming program will allow you to not only get exercise, but it can also relieve your discomfort. The Telegraph recommends that you begin swimming for joint pain to help relieve the pain that you are having and prevent it from coming back. Swimming is easy and fun to do, and it can be very relaxing. It’s also gentle on the joints and provides you with a great way to exercise without causing additional damage and/or pain.

Use Small Weights and High Reps

Small weights are great for building muscle that will, in turn, protect the joints. Smaller weights are not hard on the joints, and they provide you with an easy workout that helps the muscles. Using larger weights may be detrimental, because they will be harder to lift up and may cause stress on the joints. Doing a large number of reps with small weights will allow you to work your muscles as much as using large weights will without the maladies that come along with the heavier weights.

Try Yoga or Tai Chi

Yoga journal suggests that you try the garland, half frog, and hero poses for lower joint and knee pain. These will be sure to help take the pressure off of these joints and will allow you to flex your muscles in a way that will continue to help the joints long term. It is a good idea to start with easy yoga poses and work your way up. Consult with a medical professional and a certified yoga teacher before you make the decision to start your yoga for joint pain to ensure it’s appropriate for your specific condition. If your health allows, you may also want to practice tai chi, which focuses on the core of your body and improving the various stances that you do, something that can also go a long way toward reducing your existing pain and preventing further injury.

When you are not able to relieve your lower joint discomfort with simple methods, you may want to contact a professional for joint relief. Let Step by Step Foot Care be your guide in relieving all of your lower joint pain. Make an appointment today to find out more about techniques and treatments that can have you on the road to recovery.