If you experience pain and stiffness in your body while in motion, you might have arthritis. Arthritis causes inflammation within your joints and can attack any part of the body. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling. This can be caused by injury, wear and tear, age, and muscle strains. Overtime, a swollen joint can be severely damaged leading to immobility.
There are many types of arthritis, affecting different joints of the body. The most common form is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis begins when cartilage between joints begins to wear and tear. Once the cartilage is destroyed, bones will rub against each other, causing pain and decreased range of motion. Symptoms of osteoarthritis can range from mild pain to painful stiffness that does not subside. Older individuals are at higher risk of osteoarthritis as they become less able to recover from injury.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another common type of arthritis. RA is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own tissues, affecting the smaller joints in the fingers and wrists. Symptoms of pain and stiffness usually increase following rest periods. Periods of exacerbation of this disease may come unexpected. During this time, pain management and rest is imperative. Though the exact cause of RA is unknown, pain management is the goal of treatment.
The Importance of Stretching
If arthritis pain has immobilized you, you must do what you dread most: Get up and move your stiff body. The only way to relieve a stiff body is to move it. And by move I mean, STRETCH.
Stretching should be in every arthritis patient’s treatment plan. Stretching not only warms the body, it helps prevent further wear and tear of muscles and joints. A good stretch helps keep joints flexible and less likely to experience injury. Though stretching may hurt at first, the more frequent you perform stretches, the more comfortable your body will feel. When done properly, it can provide relaxation, flexibility, and relief to stiff joints. Stretching is easy and safe. It can be something to look forward to do destress and relieve pain from arthritis.
Tips on how to Stretch
- Perform each stretch slowly to prevent injuries
- Create a daily stretching routine
- You should stretch as far as you are comfortable and hold for a few seconds
- Stretching should not include bouncing, it should be gentle and controlled\
- Keep your breathing soft and consistent
- Stretching should not be painful
- Don’t overstretch
Enzyme therapy has been used as an alternative to symptoms caused by arthritis. Instead of reaching for that NSAID, systemic enzymes have been proven to assist in joint discomfort. Systemic enzymes, serrapeptase in particular, when taken consistently reduces symptoms of arthritis. The immune system malfunctions in patients with arthritis. This damages the body’s own healthy tissues and causes chaos to the body’s internal well-being. It is vital to consume supplements that support symptoms and slow down the disease process. Systemic enzymes not only helps the body to slow down the disease process but also enhances a healing response.