Natural Pain Relief Through Exercise

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Natural Pain Relief Through Exercise

Exercise can be as beneficial to reducing knee pain as over-the-counter pain relievers.

Yet the idea of exercising to reduce knee pain for those of us with osteoarthritis might sound a little crazy.

However, it’s not. And studies such as this one, prove it.

Land-based exercises such as walking, moderate cycling, and strength training can reduce knee pain by 10 to 15%, if not more.

Even better, people who exercise need less pain medication than those that do not exercise. And, in some cases, people who exercised regularly, didn’t need to take any pain medication at all.

Exercise can reduce knee pain by strengthening the muscles that surround the knee, thus making it more stable. Exercise that strengthens the quads and hamstrings, can not only result in reduced joint pain but can help keep the knee more stable.

This stability and increase in muscle can also decrease the impact on the knees, which as a result, reduced knee pain as well.  and help the knee to become more stable. It will also experience less impact, which as a result, reduces pain.

Another highly recommended, and research-backed exercise for those of us with knee osteoarthritis, is swimming.

Swimming is a wonderful low-impact exercise. And, just like land-based exercises, swimming can also lead to the release of a little something called endorphins.

Endorphins are natural feel-good painkillers that are released during exercise.

These neurotransmitters, which are also sometimes referred to as hormones, can not only decrease pain but can increase feelings of happiness and well-being.

So exercise can reduce knee pain, increase knee mobility, and triggers the release of chemicals that reduce pain and make us feel happier all around?

Yes.

However, when it comes to exercising with knee osteoarthritis, not all exercises are created equal. Therefore, it’s important to check with your doctor before starting any exercise plan.

Chances are, they will recommend that you practice low-impact exercises, such as stretching, walking on the treadmill, swimming, or yoga, to name a few.

Once you get the green light to start exercising, the next step is to…start.

However, you might be thinking “Easier said than done”.

Maybe, but trust us, it can be done.

In our next article, we will take a look at a few tips on how to get started and make exercise a part of your daily life.

 

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