Archive for the ‘Arthritis’ Category

March 26th, 2012  Posted at   Arthritis
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) — Four years of treatment with the drug alendronate sodium (Fosamax) reduces the risks of bone fractures in women with osteoporosis, researchers report. (more…)

September 21st, 2011  Posted at   Arthritis
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Most conscientious runners start with warm-up exercises, which include stretching before initiating their running regimen. The tension placed on the supporting muscles by weight training is an important adjunctive conditioning exercise that provides a substantial advantage to the regular user. (more…)

September 21st, 2011  Posted at   Arthritis
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Many athletes, who have knee or ankle injuries, often develop arthritis in the long run. Many continue to workout, and also run or jog to stay in shape. What is this doing to your bones and cartilage? … our expert takes a look.

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April 30th, 2010  Posted at   Arthritis
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Is letting go the same as giving up? Maybe. But when you have arthritis, letting some things go is a necessary step towards acceptance…

Lately, I’ve been selling on eBay (which can be a terrific part-time job for arthritic folk…) and I’ve become addicted. In this house, anything that doesn’t move is in danger of being sold. Mementos, schmementos, is my motto…I want cash. On my latest closet raid, however, I was struck by a pang of sentimentality. There, in the corner—dust-covered and much ignored—was my old fencing equipment. (more…)

March 9th, 2010  Posted at   Arthritis

Even on the best of days it can be difficult to stick with the exercise plan carefully laid out by you and your doctor or physical therapist. And when your symptoms are flaring, the pain, stiffness and inflammation can make even the thought of exercise almost unbearable. Below are some helpful hints to help you stay motivated.

Why Exercise?
When you first discussed exercise with your health care provider, he or she probably did not spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of exercise. Throughout our lives we’ve heard that exercise is “good for you,” but if you’re living with arthritis, exercise is particularly important. Exercise has been shown to increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility and reduce weight. It has also been shown to reduce joint pain and stiffness, and improve overall sense of well-being.
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February 22nd, 2010  Posted at   Arthritis

Now that you have a better idea of what to look out for and how to communicate with all kinds of medical practitioners, let’s discuss some of the specific modes of alternative treatment.

Ayurveda: means “science of life.” This form of alternative therapy focuses on maintaining physical health and well-being so a person can pursue a greater spiritual development. The main emphasis is healthy living through a good diet, exercise, moderation and meditation. The practitioner is just an advisor. Each person must put the advice to use. (more…)