Jumping into the water may be a brilliant way to calm arthritis pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.For the 10 million UK arthritis sufferers, dealing with symptoms including joint discomfort, swelling and stiffness, exercise is “crucial” to help relieve the symptoms.“It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint discomfort, and helps combat fatigue,” said the Clinic.“Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might seem overwhelming.“But you don’t need to run a marathon or swim as fast as an Olympic competitor to help reduce arthritis symptoms.” Related articles Try this £7 trick to reduce arthritis pain Early warning signs for rheumatoid arthritis Low impact water exercise classes, or hydrotherapy, may be the way forward to treat arthritis pain.“Low impact exercises like stationary or recumbent bicycles, elliptical traders, or exercise in the water help keep joint stress low while you move,” said the Clinic on its website.It recommends joining a local pool exercise class, also known as a hydrotherapy class, to help with the symptoms.The aquatic exercise eases pain in three main ways, according to Arthritis Research UK.“The warm temperature of the water allows your muscles to relax and eases the pain in your joints,” says the UK-based organisation.“The water supports your weight, which helps to relieve pain and increase the range of movement in your joints.”They then add that the water’s resistance can be helpful as it can “improve” your muscle strength. Arthritis: Seven hand exercises to ease arthritis pain Thu, January 11, 2018 Arthritis: 7 hand exercises to ease pain and strengthen the muscles to improve flexibility. Play slideshow Getty 1 of 8 Hand exercises for arthritis The Mayo Clinic advises that you should not overdo these exercises when you first start. Noticing some pain after exercise is normal if you haven’t been active for a while, but if after too hours you are still in pain, you were “probably” exercising too strenuously.“Talk to your doctor about what pain is normal and what pain is a sign of something serious,” advises the Clinic.Other exercises that the clinic recommends include movements for building range, strength and stamina.However, it stresses that any exercise for arthritis sufferers is essential.“Any movement, no matter how small, can help,” it says.“Daily activities such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves and walking the puppy dog count.”Dr Vargo, from the Arthritis Foundation in America has recommended that sufferers should take three 10-minute walks a day.“Short sessions throughout the day or week can add up to big health benefits,” he says.“Regular physical activity keeps your joints lubricated, which makes movement easier; it produces endorphins which contribute to your overall sense of well-being and help control pain; it improves your overall health and even helps you sleep easier at night.”Arthritis Research UK also
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