“People often think that if they have joint pain, they shouldn’t exercise,” says Kelly Todd, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist with Athletico Physical Therapy. “However, exercise can actually help you relieve joint pain.”
How so? Movement increases range of motion, improves flexibility, strengthens supporting muscles, and brings blood flow and healing properties to the joint, Todd says.
If you suffer from joint pain caused by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, the following five exercises can help tame your pain. You can do any of them as a warmup to your regular workout, or perform them all in a row as a joint-friendly circuit.
And remember: It’s always best to talk to a doctor before beginning any exercise program.