Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, systemic, autoimmune disease, and the most common form of chronic joint inflammation, affecting 0.5–1% of the UK population. Rheumatoid Arthritis is most common in those aged 40 years or older with women being at most risk (sometimes up to 5 times more likely) of developing it. Rheumatoid Arthritis is often associated with sever joint pain, reduced muscle strength and as a result limited physical function.
But what can you do about your pain? Contrary to some beliefs, exercise and physical activity is actually really good for those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Research shows that those suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis participate in less activity (approximately 68% in the UK) than their healthy counterparts and this is most likely due to worries of increased damage to joints or not feeling comfortable with the pain that they feel. This can then lead to a vicious circle into other health complications due to the lack of exercise and we all know the benefits of physical activity.
Our Approach to Care
What is important to know though is taking part in physical activity is GOOD for your symptoms and can actually help to relieve some of the pain you feel. By knowing and understanding what can help you get better is vital to ensuring you can manage your symptoms better. At Bodylogics, encouraging physical activity is an important and essential part of the overall treatment of RA. Your health professional should be able to offer education and advice on helping you to overcome your pain and lead a physically active and pain free life.