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Arthritis Rehab for 'Baby-Boomers'

Aug 26, 2008
If you can remember how to spell "Mickey" as in Mickey Mouse, you are probably just the right age to recognize "Arthritis". That little voice that has been whispering to you lately, or even shouting at you, is your notice that it's time to take action before that nagging pain gets out of hand.

A trip to an orthopedic physician can be the first step in your plan to reclaim an active life-style that you have no intention of giving up. You already know that dealing with stiff and sore knees, an aching shoulder, a painful wrist from repetitive work motions, or some crippling back pain, is a sure sign that you need more than over-the-counter pain remedies have to offer you.

You may have an idea that physical therapy is on the horizon. Your friends who have been experiencing these same pains have warned you that you may have to 'bite the bullet'. You may need to see the doctor. What an unpleasant thought!

Before you take that step to see the Doc, you could try some very gentle exercise and stretching. But don't over do it! For ladies, Curves seems to be a great program. By the way, I think we need a Curves for gents.

However, after going to the doctor, you can gain some ground by following an exercise program customized to your specific diagnosis. That is the advantage of seeing the doctor and the physical therapist, you will have a plan tailored just for your specific needs.

Physical therapy can map this gradual re-training of the over-used or misused joint. (PT can stand for 'progressive training' instead of 'pain and torture'. This depends on your outlook which is every bit as important as your rehab plan.
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Aerobic activity can be incorporated, too, but in a gentle way. The most common, simple forms are walking, swimming, or biking. Doctors are great proponents of walking since they believe it not only helps pain, but also triggers the endorphin effect and helps bones to maintain essential calcium levels. Swimming or bicycling is often suggested as a more gentle form of aerobics.

Remember to enlist a friend in your exercise program because it really works better as a 'buddy' program. Keeping each other company builds camaraderie and commiseration, and reinforces your commitment to your plan. More endorphins to spread around, too!

Good luck with your new plan. You've listened to the little voice and taken positive action to have the life you want to live. You have tackled arthritis not a moment too soon. Congratulations, and welcome to Boomer Rehab, you've earned your 'Mouse ears'!

The Best of Health
About the Author
Clydette Clayton is a specialist in Pain Relief. She overcame pain herself using the same natural pain relief techniques that she now shares with others. Access her free newsletter on Pain Relief by going to http://www.1MinutePainRelief.com and entering your name and email in the form provided.
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