Treating muscle and joint pain associated with old age is possible. This condition is fairly common in adults, especially those who are forty five years old and above. One of the most important and effective treatments of joint pain is exercise. Being inactive is a sure way to hasten those symptoms as our bodies become less flexible as we age.
Joint pain cannot be cured. However, relief from the pain is achievable. If you are overweight, your first step is to lose the excess weight.
The next step is an exercise program developed specifically for you by a physical therapist. Physical therapists suggest starting with a program of exercising forty minutes a day, three times a week. Spending ten minutes a day stretching your arms, legs, hips and shoulders can really help. Low impact exercises such as walking or biking are another option. The best activity for muscle and joint pain is strength training because it reduces stress on the joints, bones and soft tissue.
Rest is just as important as exercise, so try to sleep eight to ten hours each night. During the day, avoid holding one position for too long. Get up and move around every so often. Avoid movements or positions that place extra stress on affected joints. Furthermore, try avoiding stress, although this is easier said than done.
If you have access to a pool, water exercises are an excellent choice. Water sustains the body weight and takes away the stress from achy and stiff joints, which makes it much easier to exercise and workout.