Ever have a morning where it just seems to take more time to get rid of morning stiffness and get going about your day?
For those of us with rheumatoid arthritis or any other chronic condition, it can be a challenge.
Know that you are not alone.
What Causes Morning Stiffness?
As we age, our bodies may not be the same fine-tuned instruments as when we were younger.
With age, our arteries become stiffer and less flexible, bones and muscles tend to weaken and getting the lubrication (synovial fluid) to the joints takes longer.
The majority of people with rheumatoid arthritis suffer from morning stiffness, with or without an active flare.
Also, what type of sleep you had that night can make a difference.
Funny that a restless sleep can be as problematic as a good one, because when you sleep soundly everything slows down due to little movement and you may actually wake up feeling worse.
How To Get Rid Of Stiff Joints In The Morning
The solution? Move more.
I know it’s not easy when that is the exact opposite of what you feel like doing.
THE GOOD NEWS… you don’t have to burn it up to get started. You just need to get started.
It begins with your morning routine.
Incorporate some gentle coaxing moves as soon as you get out of bed to get rid of morning stiffness.
This can do the job, except some mornings may take more of these movements before you can jump into your regular exercise routines or start your errands and chores for the day.
Your doctor may also recommend medication, either over-the-counter or prescription, to help alleviate some of the pain.
I strongly suggest you start as this video says, with stretches in bed, and then if needed, maybe after your morning coffee try this series of stretches which is so simple.
Give these a try for a week and let me know if it works. Your feedback is so helpful!
HERE’S TO FEELING GOOD!
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