Massabesic Health Resources November 2018

www.mhrpt.com • (207) 247-3216 NOVEMBER 2018 Massabesic Monthly

FROM THE DESKS OF Jim Stevenson & Hayes Sweeney

If you have hip and knee osteoarthritis, you might not be getting enough daily physical exercise and activity! A commentary published in the June 2018 issue of The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy highlights the importance of learning about the benefits of physical activity and exercise for improving your pain and preventing other chronic health conditions that often develop in those diagnosed with hip or knee osteoarthritis.

The authors offer seven key recommendations:

1. Exercise and physical activity should be tailored to your needs and preferences.

Let’s face it: Maintaining your fitness this time of year is difficult. Even if you have kept up on your diet and workout habits during the spring and summer months, once the first leaf falls to the ground, even the idea of going to the gym seems strenuous. Why does this happen? All signs point to colder weather and bigger meals. In addition to the temperature drop that occurs during the fall and winter months, the number of daylight hours drops as well. You go from having up to 13 hours of daylight to only 9 by the end of November. This reduction leaves many avid runners with less time to get that jog in after work. In addition to this colder and darker weather, the emphasis on food this time of year also causes people to fall off the fitness wagon. Between scooping a third helping of Thanksgiving dinner and eating candy canes while decorating the Christmas tree, the choice to indulge during holiday meals leads many to toss aside portion control. While the holidays wreak havoc on many fitness routines, there are some workout trends that have maintained popularity throughout the year because they work for people of all fitness levels and lifestyles. The following three have withstood the test of the holiday season and may provide the incentive you need to keep your fitness up while putting the turkey legs down. 3 FITNESSTRENDSTHAT CAN WITHSTANDTHE HOLIDAY SEASON H ow to M aintain Y our F itness T his T ime of Y ear

2. Consider water exercises if it is too painful to exercise on land.

3. Supervised exercise therapy over a six-week period is often helpful to get you started.

4. Some people may need 12 weeks of supervised therapy to begin.

5. After you complete supervised therapy, you may need periodic “booster sessions” to help with long-term management of your osteoarthritis pain and overall health.

6. Home exercises should be performed to optimize your outcomes.

7. You should be sure that you understand how to manage flare-ups in pain and how to modify your exercises when pain increases. If you have arthritis pain, physical therapy may be just what you need to start and keep moving! -Jim and Hayes

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