Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment: Physical Activity and Rest
A balance of physical activity and rest periods are important in managing rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise more when your symptoms are minimal, rest more when your symptoms are worse.
Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Exercise helps maintain joint flexibility and motion. There are therapeutic exercises with physical therapy that is prescribed, that can help with strength, flexibility, and range of motion of specific joints or body parts affected by your RA. Many recreational activities such as walking swimming are helpful because allow movement with little to no impact on the joints. Consult your rheumatologist or physical therapist to find out what exercises are right for you.
Types of Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Physicians often recommend the following sports and exercises for their relatively low-stress impact on joints.
- Movement (yoga, tai chi, etc.)
- Strength building
Just as physical activity is important, so is rest. When you have an RA flare and your symptoms are worse, it is best to reduce your activity to help minimize joint inflammation and pain, and to cope with fatigue.