We know arthritis causes severe pain and reduces your mobility, so it seems counter-intuitive that any form of exercise would help at all, but research has proven this to be false. Regular gentle exercise can strengthen the muscles around the joint to offer more support, as well as improving the flexibility of the joints and increasing your mobility.
Nutrition plays a very important role in maintaining your overall health. It is essential to have a balanced diet, ensuring your meals contain a variety of the main food groups. Eating proper amounts of the right foods can make a tremendous difference – not least because it prevents obesity, which adds extra pressure on joints already affected by arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
We have all experienced pain in one form or another, but the chronic pain associated with arthritis, is defined as a persistent and severe pain, which can be experienced constantly, or in intermittent bouts of varying frequency and strength. It is something that everyone with arthritis or MSK conditions must learn to live with.
Life is so fast paced it can be easy to rush through each day without stopping to notice much of it. Paying more attention to the present moment – your own thoughts and feelings and the world around you – can improve your mental well-being and even reduce pain levels. This kind of awareness is called mindfulness and it can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better.