4 Easy Exercises That Protect Your Joints and Fit into Your Day
When you’re experiencing joint pain as a result of psoriatic arthritis, it’s normal to want to curl up in bed and do nothing. After all, moving hurts. But physical therapist Lauren Peterson of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Oklahoma City says following that instinct is a mistake. “Movement is key [in managing psoriatic arthritis],” she explains.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, movement is the best way to keep your joints loose and limber, thereby helping to reduce both inflammation and pain. Not only that but building muscle through routine exercise can help to reduce the workload your joints take on. And there are some easy exercises you can start working into your routine today to begin reaping those benefits.
Good Movements vs. Bad Movements
Yes, you absolutely should move, but not all movement is good movement. “When your joints move, they produce synovial fluid, which reduces friction in your joints,” Peterson explains. “A good activity is something that might ache a little, initially, but any discomfort should improve with continued movement.”