8 Ways to Combat Arthritis-Related Stiffness

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Practice Range of Motion Exercises

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2. Practice Range of Motion Exercises

Certain exercises are better than others when it comes to releasing locked joints and stretching out the surrounding muscles. Always work on increasing and maintaining your range of motion with a variety of gentle, targeted movements for your arms, legs and spine. You may want to work from your head down (or start at your feet and move up) so you don’t neglect any joints that may need a bit of tender care: roll the head slowly from side to side, the shoulders back and forth, then the wrists in clockwise and counter clockwise directions is a good way to begin. Controlled side bends and truck twists are good for the spine, while standing leg swings are good for the hips.

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