As always it is good to see that exercises for osteoarthritis but sometimes I really wonder at why researchers are given grants! Surely the money could be better spent on doing some cutting edge stuff that is really going to improve our lives?
This piece of ‘research’ into exercises for osteoarthritis looked at whether hip exercises could help people with knee OA. Well really Victor Lunn (yes he is an MD!) please go back to first year anatomy classes!
The Hip Movers
Flexors (forward) are: iliopsoas, rectus femoris (one of the quadriceps muscles) and sartorius.
Extensors (backwards) are: gluteus maximus, biceps femoris (one of the hamstrings), semimembranosis and semitendonosis.
Abduction (outwards) are: gluteus medius, tensor fasciae latae, piriformis.
Adduction (inwards) are: pectineus, adductor longus, adductor brevus, adductor magnus, obturator and gracilis.
External Rotation (twisting outwards): piriformis, obtruator internis, superior gemellus, inferior gemellus and quadratus femoris.
Medial Rotators (twisting inwards): gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and tensor fasciae latae.
All the muscles marked in red start above the hip and end below the knee. Therefore they are involved in knee and hip movement. Is it any wonder that if you do exercises for osteoarthritis in the hip then you do exercises for knee osteoarthritis as well. DUH!
All this research has done had proved, once more, how good exercises are for people with osteoarthritis. As a piece of research it is reasonably well planned and executed even though subject numbers were small but really WHY IS IT BEING DONE???
Sorry rant over!
How to Do the Correct Exercises for Osteoarthritis in either the Hip or Knee
Whether you have hip or knee OA you need to do a program that is suitable for you and the amount of wear and tear you have. This is important as if you do too much you will aggravate your OA but if you don’t do enough then you won’t do anything and you are wasting your time!
You need a program that starts off easy, builds up and then tails off to a maintenance routine allowing you to control your OA in the long term.
I believe that is what I have achieved with my series of books How to Treat Osteoarthritis Naturally. the first half is full of tip and tricks on how to control your OA. The second half of the book has a questionnaire and then 3 levels of stretching and strengthening exercises in an easy to follow program.
This is part of an email I received this week from gentleman whose Doctors answer was to give him paracetamol to take 4 times a day! He had lost his book due to computer problems and was asking for a copy (no problem!). This is what he reported:
I purchased it a couple of weeks ago and have had good results thus far.
So in a few short weeks you too be feeling better and improving your quality of life as well by taking a small amount of time to do a program of exercises for osteoarthritis from How to Treat Osteoarthritis Naturally.