Posted by: ugleepen | April 27, 2011

Busting an Arthritis Myth

Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis? And this disease affects 50 million people in the U.S. alone. While arthritis is so common, it is still misunderstood, and there are plenty of myths about it.

One such myth is that exercise causes and worsens arthritis. The editors of Harvard Health Publications, in collaboration with Robert Shmerling, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues, have published a report “Arthritis: Keeping Your Joints Healthy” that attempts to dispel this particular myth, explaining that this misunderstanding about arthritis could actually be detrimental to arthritis sufferers.

While all of the various types of arthritis involve the joints, it is unlikely, says the report, that anyone will develop the disease from overusing their joints. Actually the opposite is true – if you don’t exercise your joints regularly, you’ll experience flare ups of the disease that result in pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

The Harvard report states, “A 2009 review article in Current Opinion in Rheumatology asserts that both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises are safe and effective for people with chronic arthritis.”

Below are some of the different forms of structured exercise programs (most of which are offered by local Arthritis Foundation chapters) and their potential benefits, that the Harvard report lists:

    1. Water-Based Programs
      Also known as aquatic or pool therapy, people who took the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program improved knee and hip flexibility, as well as strength and aerobic fitness.

    1. Strength and Resistance Training
      This form of exercise, which uses equipment such as weight machines, free weights, and resistance bands or tubing, strengthens not only muscles but also your bones and your cardiovascular system.

  1. Tai Chi
    Based on ancient Chinese martial arts, tai chi helps people with different forms of arthritis, mainly by increasing flexibility and improving muscle strength in the lower body, as well as aiding gait and balance.

As we’ve seen, then, managing your arthritis includes healthy exercise. Arthritis management also includes preventing added stress to joints, which is where my UGLee Pen comes in. Using this ergonomic pen you will relax your hand while you’re writing, reducing stresses and strain on the hand and finger joints.


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