Exercises For OA Will Free You From Pain Without Drugs And Harmful Side Effects
If your osteoarthritis is getting you down and controlling your life then you have to fight back. Exercises for OA are the only treatment that will actually IMPROVE your pain and stiffness. Although useful, all other treatments I suggest on this site are chasing symptoms you already have, not reducing the symptoms you suffer.
My name is Dr. Sophie Hardy. I am a retired UK chiropractor who used to treat International and Premiership football (soccer) players. I worked alongside some top class physiotherapists, masseurs and fitness instructors giving me an enviable knowledge base.
It is important you realise that a program of exercises for OA is different from exercising. Click here to read more about this as well as why exercises help and what type of exercises you must do.
If you have done any reading or research on osteoarthritis you will know that all types of Doctors and Therapists say you MUST to do an exercise program for OA. It is the only type of treatment strongly recommended by the American College of Rheumatology for hip and knee degeneration and many studies have shown that a home based program of exercises for OA works really well.
What are the Problems with doing Exercises for OA?
The main problem with doing physical therapy for osteoarthritis is that they are not curing the condition and therefore you have to keep going to the therapist for life. That is expensive and even if you have medical insurance they will limit the number of sessions per year.
In 2008 someone asked “How much does it cost to have physical therapy for osteoarthritis?” on Yahoo and this is the best answer chosen by voters:
“Theraputic exercise: $78-15 minute increment
Manual therapy: $102-15 minute increment
Theraputic Activity: $98-15 minute increment
Most typically, a 45 minute session is about $250″
Are Exercises All You Need to Do to Control Your Pain?
When you visit a physical therapist they work on the muscles, tendons and ligaments to restore function by improving mobility and so relieving pain and stiffness.
As well as giving you a comprehensive specific program of exercises for OA they should also do some “hands on” work to reduce the soft tissue inflammation. This could be TENS, ultrasound, interferential or hands on massage. Chiropractors, osteopaths and some physiotherapists might also manipulate the joint which stretches the soft tissue and helps improve function.
Click on this link to find out more about how and why massage helps osteoarthritis.
Two Programs of Self Massage & Exercises for OA
The cost and time factor involved with going to the physical therapist is why I developed my two self massage and programs of exercises for OA. It is remarkably easy to teach yourself to treat yourself and become your own physical therapist.
You will have no ongoing costs. Plus you never have to worry if you are running late as you can go to the therapist at a time that suits you and even watch your favourite TV program while you do it!
Also I will teach you all the easy lifestyle changes you can make and the other home treatments you can use. That way you have all the weapons you need to really reduce the pain and stiffness you suffer.