Senior Balance Exercises For Arthritis

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Arthritis can plague older adults in their later years with various symptoms  and can necessitate participating in strengthening routines and senior balance exercises on a daily basis. Please see more information at Arthritis a very common diagnosis for those in the aging population and arthritis can be described as inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to fracture, fissure, crack and eventually break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints (synovium). Uric acid crystals, infections or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis. Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Arthritis creates noticeable symptoms that can include:
    • Stiffness
    • Swelling
    • Redness
    • Decreased range of motion
    • The secondary symptoms of arthritis can involve limping to try to off load body weight on a painful arthritic knee or hip. Furthermore, arthritis can lead to immobility and imbalance, resulting in greater risk for falling and a heightened need to rehearse senior balance exercises.

Senior Balance Exercises For Arthritic Joints

    Older individuals can participate in specific strengthening routines and senior balance exercises to help maintain stability for folks with arthritic joints. Other ideas to help lessen the impact of arthritis include:
  • Weight loss. If you’re obese, losing weight will reduce the stress on your weight-bearing joints. This may increase your mobility and limit future joint injury.
  • Exercise. Regular exercise can help keep your joints flexible. Swimming and water aerobics may be good choices because the buoyancy of the water reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
  • Heat and cold. Heating pads or ice packs may help relieve arthritis pain.
  • Assistive devices. Using canes, walkers, raised toilet seats and other assistive devices can help protect your joints and improve your ability to perform daily tasks.
  •      To specifically target the steadiness aspects that accompany arthritis, you can perform two main stability routines at home.  One equilibrium routine involves standing on one foot. Before explaining that, however, it is essential to make the point that one of the main factors of having success with equilibrium exercises is to practice the routines on a consistent basis. By performing stability exercises every day, you will be able to train your brain’s balance system as well as strengthen specific muscles in the legs and trunk area that are necessary for good steadiness. You can practice balance exercises for senior citizens such as standing on one foot for twenty seconds with three repetitions on each foot. Practicing this single leg standing exercise will help develop strong balance reactions at your feet and ankles which can translate into enhanced steadiness with all walking and standing routines. A second steadiness routine that you can practice at home includes tandem walking where you walk along a line in a heel to toe fashion. By performing tandem walking on a daily basis, you will further develop strong balance reactions at your feet and ankles, making you more steady on your feet. You can learn how to correctly perform tandem walking and single leg standing routines by following the direction of a qualified Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    For those with arthritis, get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes  a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry,  walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a  qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

Those with arthritis, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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