Frequency of Arthritis Exercises


        Stretching exercises can be done everyday, immediately after warm-up exercise, just prior to other exercises.


        Joint Rotation exercise can be done daily and should be done at least every other day.


        Range-of-motion exercises can be done daily and should be done at least every other day.


        Muscle and Ligament Strengthening exercises should be done every other day unless you have severe pain or swelling in your joints in which you should consult your doctor or health therapist.


        Endurance and Aerobics exercises should be done for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week unless you have severe pain or swelling in your joints.



Most experts indicate that it is appropriate to exercise joints gently through their full range of motion once a day, with periods of rest even during acute systemic flares or local joint flares. Patients should consult their doctor as to how much rest is best during general or joint flares.



Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises are gentle exercises that can be done daily. Some arthritic patients perform them twice daily. Ba Gua is slightly more vigorous and strengthens the muscles and ligaments more than Tai Chi, and the turning and twisting movements of Ba Gua are very good for joint rotation.


Those who do Tai Chi should (mandatory) include certain Chi Kung exercises that stress joint rotation and stretching.


Consult a doctor before choosing and engaging in any exercise.


Written by John Chow,  a practitioner of Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, masseur, healer and teacher of Tai Chi, Chi Kung, martial arts and spiritual paths in Melbourne, Australia.

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