When it comes to joint pain, it’s never fun. But, physiotherapy and yoga can assist with this, and help with joint pain treatment. You may need a few tips to truly get the most out of this though. Here are some tips for when using yoga or physiotherapy for joint pain treatment.
Check with Doctor
Exercises are usually recommended by your doctor, but you should also make sure to check with them and coordinate with the physiotherapist in case if some exercises can’t be used. The same goes for yoga.
Focus on improving Range of Motion
The goal of physiotherapy and yoga should be to help increase the range of motion since it’ll improve your ability to move joints and relieve stiffness. Even just doing basic yoga poses such as downward dog and slight movements are great, but always take it slow and do these every day.
Be careful with Strength Exercises
With physiotherapy, strengthening exercises are often encouraged, and while yoga uses bodyweight, using lightweight training is really good. But, don’t go too crazy, and don’t exercise the same two muscle groups twice in a row. Instead, rest between workouts, and also if your joints hurt, take an extra day off.
Stay Active and Continue Using it
The big problem with yoga and physiotherapy is, people tend to stop doing it after a bit. that’s something you should not be doing. that’s because, when you do that, the joints will get stiff, and it’s painful. While your physiotherapy appointments might not be fun, and they can be a bit painful, it’s important that you continue to go to them.
With yoga, even just doing about 15 minutes each day, or a couple poses, will definitely help you feel better, and it can relieve the joint pain that’s there.
Be Careful with movements
When it comes to movements, you want to move the joints in a gentle manner to warm up, and from there, you improve the range of motion for a bit before you move onto more impactful exercises. With the impact, you want to make sure especially with aerobic exercises that you keep the impact low. So, try to use stationary bikes, ellipticals, or water exercises, since you’re not putting as much stress on the joints. Typically, with physiotherapy, they keep an eye on your body, and they want you to take a break every now and then.
Finally, start with easy and slow movements, and if pain shows up, take a big break. If you feel sharp pain, that’s a sign that something’s wrong, so slow down and make sure if you notice swelling, stop.