Are you living with osteoarthritis and struggling to maintain independence due to stiffness and mobility issues?
Here at Pain & Performance Clinic, we see patients all the time who are overwhelmed by simple tasks like getting up from a chair or climbing the stairs due to their osteoarthritis.
It can often feel like there’s no hope for improvement and that you could lose your independence if things don’t improve.
We’re here to tell you not to lose hope and in this blog, we give you 4 tips to manage your osteoarthritis naturally and maintain your independence so you don’t have to worry about the future!
4 Tips To Manage Your Osteoarthritis Naturally And Maintain Your Independence
#1 Maintain Regular Exercise
We understand that sometimes with osteoarthritis it can be difficult to do strenuous exercise because of pain and stiffness, but it is important to get into a routine of some low-impact exercise.
Carrying out some form of exercise every day can make a huge positive difference in your mobility and range of movement in your joints.
If you’re considering starting to do some exercise, we would recommend starting with something low-impact such as walking, swimming or low-impact aerobics a few times a week.
As you keep doing these exercises and start to feel like you could do a little more, you could begin to increase the intensity as you get fitter.
If you have osteoarthritis and are exercising regularly, you should start to find your pain levels decrease and your mobility improves so that you can hold on to your independence in later life.
#2 Diet And Nutrition
For people like you living with osteoarthritis, the importance of a healthy diet and good nutrition cannot be understated.
Evidence has shown that people with osteoarthritis can improve their condition by consuming foods high in fiber and Omega-3 fats such as oily fish, avocados, nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach.
Cutting out processed and refined carbs such as white bread can also reduce inflammation in your joints which is often associated with osteoarthritis.
#3 Manage Your Weight
In addition to ensuring you have a healthy diet and the right nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight is essential for alleviating osteoarthritis symptoms.
Excess weight can lead to more stress on the joints which can cause significant pain, discomfort, and stiffness which we know isn’t what you want to achieve.
By following a well-balanced nutritious diet and maintaining at least a low level of physical activity, osteoarthritis sufferers can maintain an active lifestyle without suffering from pain and stiffness every day.
#4 How Physiotherapy Can Help Osteoarthritis And Maintain Your Independence
Physiotherapy can be an invaluable tool for people like you with osteoarthritis to be able to improve their pain level, and mobility and maintain independence later in life.
A physiotherapy clinic like ours can help to manage osteoarthritis by addressing postural misalignment which can be common with this condition along with manual therapy techniques and specially designed exercises.
Receiving physiotherapy can give those suffering from osteoarthritis a better quality of life without the need for reliance on pain medication, risky surgery, or nasty injections.
Want Expert Help To Manage Your Osteoarthritis?
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to improve your osteoarthritis but nothing seems to be helping your pain and stiffness?
It could be time to consider physiotherapy as a treatment option to help you overcome some of your pain and look forward to a future of independence!
Right now, we’re offering you the chance to be a part of our 3-month ‘Be Active With Arthritis’ program where we cover 3 key areas for managing your osteoarthritis, advice, and education, exercise in both resistance & cardio, and weight loss where appropriate.
If you’re looking for some extra support to proactively manage your condition and improve your quality of life, this is an amazing program for you!
If you want to know more about our 3-month ‘Be Active With Arthritis’ program, we offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation where you can ask any questions you may have and find out more information.
Arrange your free telephone consultation by filling in our simple web form or calling us at 086 787 6358.
Other Free Resources For Osteoarthritis
We have a FREE ‘The Osteoarthritis Guidebook’ – Call us at 086 787 6358 to get yourself a copy of our free ebook and it will help you to get clarity on the best evidence approach to managing your diagnosis naturally.
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