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Strong Case For Strength Training With Arthritis

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Strength training has been shown to be more effective for improving function in arthritis patients than the usual physical therapy methods.

Regular exercise with a moderate-to-high level of intensity has proven to be effective in improving muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness in both healthy and patient populations. Unfortunately, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often leads people to reduce their physical activity levels when this may actually make things worse. Getting fitter, stronger and more flexible can reduce arthritis related pain, stiffness and fatigue.

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