We often talk about the benefits of healthy living in regard to those who are living with the symptoms of rheumatic conditions such as RA. The Arthritis Institute of Michigan and others including the American College of Rheumatology are all strong proponents of making healthy choices including exercise when it comes to living with these conditions and for good reason.
Evidence has shown that active individuals are generally healthier and in many cases, live longer than those who are unfit. Further research has shown that this is also true for those suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis and other rheumatic and inflammatory conditions. The stronger muscles are, the less impact will be made on joints and the less likely your muscles will be to weaken due to inactivity.
Many people facing these conditions are daunted by the word exercise, believing that they will be making massive changes that they may not be able to stick to however, it is important to note that while planning exercise times is a great idea when discussed first with your rheumatologist, even little movements throughout the day will make a difference as well. From walking to the mailbox to going for a swim, these may be little steps but often have a huge impact on your well-being.
Rheumatologist Goodrich MI
Dr. Dowd is a rheumatologist serving clients in Goodrich MI and throughout Southern Michigan. Many of the patients of the Arthritis Institute of Michigan come to us from Goodrich for a variety of reasons. Whether you have recently been diagnosed and are looking for assistance understanding what it means or whether you are looking for a new way to better treat a condition you have had for a longer period of time, we can help. It is never too late to start treating your symptoms. Stop putting it off and contact us to schedule an appointment. Call the Arthritis Institute of Michigan at 1.810.225.7553 or fill out the form below.