Squats and laser for arthritic knees

For several years I have not been able to get up easily if I am bending down to a low cupboard to get something out, have a look or to clean it. In yoga I have avoided doing squats that hurt my knees. So, when I was asked to show an NHS physiotherapist some squats, I winced.  Then he suggested I did them daily to help ease my knees. It’s not always the arthritis in the knees that hurts, it’s often the tightness in and around them.

By regular exercise, in this case, squatting, we can protect the knees by building up strength in the surrounding muscles.  Check out the diagram on squats for the knees on page 27, Chapter 3 of my book, One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis.

Laser treatment has not been used very much for osteoarthritis but St Thomas Hospital in London was trying it out for injuries and OA. Now, it’s more available at some osteopaths and chiropractors. It’s a very soothing, non-invasive treatment that heals at a deep level and can make your knees feel very good, but it’s important to keep repeating the treatment. 

One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis focuses on what everyone can do to maintain quality of life by  keeping active and mobile despite having osteoarthritis. I emphasise the importance of exercise, diet and weight loss as well as giving plenty of practical tips that are easy to follow.

Frances Ive is the author of One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis.  Available at: One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis: Amazon and Waterstones

 

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