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How can exercise help with osteoarthritis?

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Exercise can help east symptoms of your osteoarthritis, as long as you don’t stress your joints too much. You can learn how to strengthen the muscles around your joints and improve your range of motion.

Gentle exercise therapies like tai chi and yoga can make movement less painful. Tell the instructor about your condition so they can come up with a safe exercise plan.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "The Mind-Body Connection: Visualizing Better Health," “Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,” “Electrical Stimulation for Knee Osteoarthritis,” “Magnets, Copper Don’t Ease RA.”

Mayo Clinic: "TENS therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?" “Osteoarthritis,” "Can Glucosamine Supplements Protect My Knee Cartilage From Osteoarthritis?" "Chondroitin sulfate: Background and Evidence."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Copper."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Arthritis of the Shoulder."

American College of Rheumatology: "Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis," “Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "The Mind-Body Connection: Visualizing Better Health," “Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,” “Electrical Stimulation for Knee Osteoarthritis,” “Magnets, Copper Don’t Ease RA.”

Mayo Clinic: "TENS therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?" “Osteoarthritis,” "Can Glucosamine Supplements Protect My Knee Cartilage From Osteoarthritis?" "Chondroitin sulfate: Background and Evidence."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Copper."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Arthritis of the Shoulder."

American College of Rheumatology: "Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis," “Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 25, 2017

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