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Can I exercise with psoriatic arthritis?

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Yes. And you should. The best way to improve your symptoms is to get moving with gentle, low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, yoga, and tai chi. Movement can lessen pain and expand your range of motion. These activities may also help you relax, ease your stress, and sleep better. Before you start a new kind of exercise, talk to your doctor to make sure it's safe for you. To learn an exercise like yoga or tai chi, take a class where you can have someone check your form. Tell your teacher or trainer that you have psoriatic arthritis, so they don't let you do any moves that could hurt your joints.

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation.

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation.

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Complementary and Alternative Therapies.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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