01-03-2004, 09:46 AM
Can anyone tell me if WW will help with arthritis in the hands, hips, feet and knees. My wife has arthritis and if anyone has a testomonial to the benefits it might motivate her more.
01-03-2004, 10:31 AM
Yes, her joints need lubrication. Tell her that if she is over 30, her joints cannot be lubricated with synovial fluid unless they are moved. Arthritis is something that can be tamed by movement. I have arthritis in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. It used to be a challenge to get out of bed...even when I was in my 20s. Now, almost forty, I'm moving as well as well as I ever have with the use of WW, joint articulation. Doing movements like waves, multi-planar back arches, and "Be Breathed" have given me freedom from pain and freedom to move. I took a short break recently. My pain began to come back, for lack of movement. She must move those joints.
01-03-2004, 01:13 PM
Robert's right, motion begets motion, immobility begets immobility. Loss-of-articulation in joints can be a spiral... "a little" discomfort becomes a little fear of motion, becomes reluctance to move, and the condition feeds on itself. We can intervene in that spiral.
At 57, I have had transient arthritic flareups in my finger joints since 1982. I had also let my other joints fall into disuse; my neck was reflexively stiff from injuries in the 70s, and my knees very reluctant to go from flexion to extension. Now, even since I added grappling to my 'hobbies' 3 years ago, I have good finger articulation, freedom of neck motion, and full ROM under-load (power X range) in legs and arms. I've been using WW almost 3 yrs.
Everyone's put together a little differently, and responds differently. WW provides the best natural range and freedom of motion that is possible given the individual's biochemistry and structure. The alternatives fall far behind; not only do they address symptoms rather than cause, and restore no functionality, but they also have nasty side effects... NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen) can cause hemmorhaging... enzyme inhibitors can cause muscle-wasting and even death... and steroids typically cause very undesirable hormone and metabolic changes.
WW costs considerably less than one-month's worth of Celebrex (Celecoxib). When your wife sees the motions Kevin, good chance she will say "I can't do that". Right, she can't do the full range of what Coach is seen doing in the video, not right away. Use gentle, relaxed, exploratory motions and do what she can do, even if it's just a 6-inch circle, and that range will increase, almost daily. Don't force the motions to where they cause overt discomfort.
Caveat: There are more than one kind of arthritis. WW/range-of-motion does wonders for the kind like Robert describes, where production and distribution of synovial fluid decrease over a length of time the joint isn't being fully exercised. The kind of arthritis that involves swelling, and feels like a burning pain when compressed externally, might be less responsive, or take longer to see an improvement. (The latter is what I get in my fingers, but so far it still resolves itself.) She might also want to add supplementary glucosamine (1000 mg/day) and/or MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) (500 mg/day) if she isn't already. Of course, consult her physician if she's under care for this condition.
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