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  1. Walking to Ease Knee Pain

    It's a catch-22 when you have knee pain from osteoarthritis. It hurts, so you don't want to move. But if you exercise, it can eventually make your knees feel better. "I've gone a period of time when I haven’t moved a joint much and, when I first start, it's a little bit sore," says Denver physical t

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  2. Psoriatic Arthritis: Getting the Diagnosis

    If you are one of the 7 million people in the United States who have the skin condition psoriasis, you should know the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. As many as 40 percent of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis. We don’t completely understand the causes of psoriasis and p

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  3. Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Help Your Joints

    Maybe your knees twinge, your hips creak, or your shoulders are stiff. There's an excellent chance that tai chi can help. This meditative martial art -- which features slow, gentle movements and deep breathing -- is a traditional Chinese mind-body practice that traces its roots back thousands of yea

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  4. 10 Habits That Can Wreck Joint Health

    You know high heels might cause achy joints. But those aren’t the only things that aren't so good for your joints. What you do -- or don't do -- every day can make a big difference in how your joints feel and function, both now and in the long term. Here are 10 habits that you should break, for your

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  5. How to Strengthen Your Joints

    As you age, you lose muscle and bone mass, which can lead to joint problems. Building and maintaining joint strength now can help you stay active and ward off problems down the road. Exercise improves bone density and keeps the muscles that surround your joints strong, says A. Lynn Millar, PhD, prof

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  6. Eat Right to Maintain Healthy Joints

    What you eat can help keep your joints and the bones that support them strong. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet will help your joints, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook. “We want to go toward more natural, closer to the earth, and less-processed

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Aerobic Exercise

    Aerobic exercise -- like swimming, using cardio machines at the gym, or simply going for a brisk walk -- is not only possible when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s good for you, too. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up. It's great  for your heart and lungs, and it also: Helps you move better

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  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strength Training

    Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “Strength training is something that I recommend across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT. He’s a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portla

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  9. Flexibility Exercises and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Looking to make moving easier and cut back on pain? Flexibility exercises are for you, says April Davis, an occupational therapist at NYU Langone Medical Center. These exercises can ease pain, prevent injury, and improve your balance. They keep your joints healthy and moving. There are two basic typ

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  10. Fibromyalgia Exercise, One Step at a Time

    When Lynne Matallana was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she spent most of her time in bed. Then her doctor suggested she get some exercise. “I knew I’d have to start really slowly, so I started exercising while I was still in bed,” says Matallana, president and founder of the National Fibromyalg

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