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- Why Is There A Dip In My Stats?You’ll be pleased to know it is a deliberate dip. A very deliberate dip, in fact. Carefully planned around my day.… Continue reading →
- Crossing My Fingers – AgainMy apologies for my silence over the last six weeks or so. I counted my chickens before they hatched. On March 12 I published Changing Medications – What Can You Expect?. At that point it was roughly ten weeks since I had changed my medication for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and I was finally feeling as if the new medication was starting to kick in. I was a little overly optimistic, as it turns out. Also, although not mentioned in that article, the whole situation became more complicated when I slipped/tripped and fell in the shopping centre car park on March… Continue reading →
- Watch for Ambiguous Billing TerminologyDo patients and providers all mean the same thing when we use certain words related to medical costs? Seems we don’t, necessarily. … Continue reading →
- The Costs of MedicationsMost of us don’t just take one medication for one condition: as you will see here, we end up taking medications to counteract the actions of other medications. It gets messy. And costly.… Continue reading →
- Changing Medications – What Can You Expect?Just ONE example of how changing medications may not be as simple as just opening a new bottle of pills. If you or someone in your life is changing medications, please be gentle. Be understanding. Be aware it may NOT be smooth sailing.… Continue reading →
- Let’s Revisit PacingPeople relate to me that they did a really good four kilometre walk but know they will now be stuffed for two days. I cringe. NO, NO, NO – do not do this! This is NOT Movement as Medicine! That is setting yourself up for failure.… Continue reading →
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Waking up stiff? Your doctor has told you to “get some exercise” but you don’t know where to start? Confused about what you should or shouldn’t do? Don’t give up!
Exercise is known to be great therapy for a range of health conditions. Each person will experience their particular medical situation differently: no two people are alike. Some people can feel the gym is a bit confronting in the early days and would prefer to have someone help them at home. Others want to ensure they keep up resistance training but want help in modifying their routines. Everyone is unique.
A variety of conditions can be improved with regular exercise. How early in your journey diagnosis took place, how effective your medications are and how strongly motivated you are to maintain the best possible quality of life for as long as possible, are all factors that affect your day-to-day well-being.
Below is a small snippet from Move, the new voice of Arthritis Victoria. Search “exercise” on the site and exercise is mentioned as desirable for the majority of conditions.
Muscle, bone and joint conditions (eg osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain) can cause pain, stiffness and often inflammation in one or more joints or muscles. Regular exercise can help you reduce some of these symptoms and improve joint mobility and strength.
If you have a condition that affects your muscles, bones or joints, you should have a balanced and regular exercise routine.
Movement As Medicine isn’t just about arthritis: other illnesses also benefit. For example, if you are undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy, exercise has been shown to be beneficial.
In 2010 in the USA the American College of Sports Medicine reviewed published studies looking at the safety of physical exercise during and after cancer treatment. They also reviewed what effect the exercise had. They focused on breast, prostate, leukaemias and lymphomas, bowel and gynaecologic cancers. In general they recommended the same level of activity for cancer patients as for the general population.
Source: Cancer Research UK.org
Movement and maintaining condition is also useful in the management of chronic pain. Learning to pace ourselves properly can be challenging but also very rewarding.
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