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Exercise for Knee Osteoarthritis – Flexibility

July 22, 2011
Senior-Stretching

Senior-Stretching

As we age our muscles get tighter.  As our muscles tighten it becomes more difficult to move our joints through their full range of motion.  As it becomes harder to move it becomes easier to sit still.  This pattern of immobility is a downward spiral that can have a negative impact on your quality of life.

Use it or lose it.  Stretching needs to be a regular part of your exercise program.  Flexibility exercises can help your muscles and joints move more easily and protect them from wear and tear.

Stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves if you want relief for knee osteoarthritis.  Stretches need to be smooth and fluid, never bounce.  If you feel pain you’ve gone too far – stay in a comfortable range.  It is also important to sustain and hold your stretch for 10 to 20 seconds.  Let the muscles and joints benefit from the activity.

Ask your doctor or physical therapist to design a stretching program that is right for you.



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