Physical treatments for painful conditions — stretching and strengthening exercises, cardiovascular exercise, splints, physical aids, and more — are a cornerstone of self-management. Learn how they can help

Iyengar Yoga

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

A branch of yoga developed by B.K.S. Iyengar that uses various poses, or asanas, to align the physical body as well as unite the body, mind, and spirit. Props such as straps, pillows, and blocks are often used to help people with limited flexibility perform the poses with minimal risk of injury. Iyengar yoga may […]

Weight-bearing Exercise

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

In weight-bearing exercise, the body remains upright and works against gravity, which strengthens the bones and helps guard against osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones. The National Osteoporosis Foundation defines two basic categories of weight-bearing exercise. High-impact activities include hiking, jogging, running, tennis, jumping rope, dancing, and performing high-impact aerobic routines. Some people may be […]

Body-mass Index

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

Body-mass index (BMI) is a measure of weight divided by height. Adults who have a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered overweight, and those with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese. Being overweight or obese can predispose people to a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Excess […]

Exercise & Arthritis

by Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Moving when you have painful arthritis can seem counterintuitive. Who wants to move when aches and pains rule? However, regular exercise can lessen pain and energize you—two big positives when you have arthritis. “Moving helps lubricate joints, decrease inflammation, and control your weight,” says Laura Keller, MPT. She’s the director of rehabilitation at the Stone […]

Visceral Fat

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

The fat that surrounds the body’s internal organs. Excess visceral fat has been shown to increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Recent research suggests that it may worsen chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a breathing disorder. Visceral fat tends to accumulate in the abdomen, yielding what is often called […]

Choosing Home-Exercise Equipment

by Stephanie Green

Dr. Kelly Homlar often shares an exercise fundamental with her patients that she says astounds many of them. Homlar, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Georgia Regents University, says that for every pound of weight you lose, the force on your joints decreases by four pounds. Just imagine feeling […]

Yoga and RA

by Steffany Moonaz, PhD

Although many people with arthritis are interested in yoga, many of them (and their rheumatologists) are still unfamiliar with the practice and wary about the possibility of injury. You may see pictures of people standing with one leg above their heads and think “yoga and my arthritis simply won’t mix.” But one of the advantages […]

The Feldenkrais Method: A Stress-Free Exercise for People With Arthritis

by David Zemach-Bersin and Mark Hirschfield

“…the Feldenkrais Method can undo many of the aches and pains that plague us, and I currently recommend it to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury or chronic pain. I also believe the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more […]

Foot Health: Keep Walking for a Lifetime

by Wendy McBrair, MS, BSN, CHES

If you live to be 80, it is estimated that you will have walked around 150 million steps in your lifetime! To calculate how many steps you have already walked, multiply 5,117 steps (the number the average American walks per day) by 365 days per year, and then multiply that number by your present age. […]


by Jennifer Trizuto, MPT

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: To keep those joints moving, do your stretching exercises. But stretching tends to be low on the exercise totem pole for many people. Here’s why it shouldn’t be, along with tips on how to stretch properly and a few exercises to help you get […]

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