Arthritic Finger Stretches
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Finger stretches are extremely important for maintaining strength and motion for those living with arthritis. Here are 10 quick and easy stretches to help loosen the joints in your hands and reduce pain.
Transcript: Finger stretches are extremely important for maintaining strength and motion for those living with arthritis....
Finger stretches are extremely important for maintaining strength and motion for those living with arthritis. To help loosen the joints in your hands and reduce pain I am going to show you a series of 10 quick and easy stretches. You may want to warm up your hands a little bit by soaking them in warm water for maybe five or 10 minutes. That will help them feel a little bit better, but also get them ready for range of motion. Let's start with tendon glides. The first one we will want to start with is the open palm, then we will move to the duck position, then the straight fist, then the full fist, tucking the fingers underneath, and then the hook fist, kind of like a claw. Then you can repeat these. I would say do these five times. Then we can move onto the gliding exercises to work on some other tendons. Start it straight, hook fist, full fist, back to hook fist, back up straight. Five times. These are going to be good exercises for you for repetitive range of motion, which is better for arthritis. You don't want to just crank through joints, you want to get things moving. Mobility is what is important with arthritis. For more tips on stiffness associated with arthritis watch the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-16 | Tags »
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Lower back pain is a common complaint of people living with arthritis. Here are 3 stretches that will not only ease lower back pain, but can also help prevent it.
Transcript: Lower back pain is a common complaint of people living with arthritis. I'll bring you through three...
Lower back pain is a common complaint of people living with arthritis. I'll bring you through three stretches that will not only ease lower back pain, but can also help prevent it. Let's start with the single knee to chest stretch. This you can do lying on a bed or a mat if you have one at home. Grab one knee, tuck it up toward your chest, maybe even flare it out a little bit out toward the shoulder. The opposite leg should stay down straight. That way we're going to stretch the hip flexor on one side, the hamstrings, the glutes muscles, as well as your lower back. This stretch you can hold for 30 seconds and then alternate. Put this one down, grab this one up, then let this one down. You might notice one move is a little bit easier than another. If it does, spend a little more time stretching that tight side. Hold it for thirty seconds and you can do three on that side generally. Now lie on your back and bend both knees. The other stretch we are going to show is a lower trunk rotation stretch. This one you want to start a little bit gently with because your back is going to move a little bit. From this position, we call this hook lying, with your knees bent we're going to gently rotate your knees to one side and then to the other side. This starts out as a little bit of range of motion exercise for your spine, but as you do a number of these, this is also a good core strength exercise where you are incorporating your abdominal rotators, very important muscles. It's okay to hold onto the table for stability. Down the road if you get better at this you can let your arms go, maybe even put your arms overhead to make it a little bit more advanced. Don't let your back arch too much and be careful not to go too far. 15 times in each direction is a good number for this exercise. One more exercise while you are on your back like this is a pelvic tilt. From this position we can have Janis just flatten her back down, just a little bit, by turning on her abdominal muscles. Let it relax, then flatten down again. This is going to get some range of motion out of the spin, as well as turn on the abdominal muscles, the hamstring muscles. It's a good way to gently get things moving, which if you have arthritis, we want to do gentle, repetitive frame of motion. 30 times is a good number for this exercise. For more tips on easing stiffness associated with arthritis, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2014-03-10 | Tags »
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Don't let sore, achy feet keep you from doing what you love! Find out how to avoid arthritis foot pain by watching this video.
Transcript: Even occasional arthritic foot pain should be addressed right away. If you ignore it, foot pain could...
Even occasional arthritic foot pain should be addressed right away. If you ignore it, foot pain could keep you from the activities that help control arthritis pain and stiffness. There are over 30 joints in the foot, but most arthritic foot pain is centered around the toes, especially the big toe, and around the mid-foot. If you're sore or stiff in these areas, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis, and possibly a foot x-ray. Depending on what's found, treatment can include taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications, wearing specially cushioned shoes or shoe inserts, physical therapy or a weight-control program. Weight has a big impact on foot pain, as each step brings down one and a half times your body weight. That can hurt! Physical therapy is essential for lasting relief of arthritic foot pain. It focuses on strengthening muscles around affected joints and improving your range of motion. It can also help you avoid balance problems that can result from pain and stiffness in the feet. Common exercises include picking up marbles with your toes and using stretch bands to increase flexibility through your toes, arch and ankle. To learn more about easing pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, watch the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-16 | Tags »
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