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Flexibility Exercises and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Moves to do to help your RA.

After Exercise

Don't stretch so much that you're sore afterward. For comfort after exercise, try moist heat or ice.

Heat wraps, warm showers, and warm, wet towels give deeper relief than dry heating pads. People with RA can be sensitive to extreme temperatures and chemical-based heat packs, so use towels between the pack and your skin.

Many people also don't like ice. It makes them so tense that their muscles don't relax. But if ice works for you, go for it.

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Reviewed on October 28, 2013

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