Low-Impact Exercise: Improving Mobility & Decreasing Pain in Older Adults

You’re never too old to reap the benefits of exercise! A recent study, titled Effects of a Culturally Tailored Low-Impact Exercise Program for Chinese Older Adults in NYC, found that older adults with arthritis and other joint pain significantly benefited from low-impact exercises. Many senior adults often become physically inactive, especially if they are in pain. This leads to stiff joints and weakened muscles. Our bodies are meant to move around, and inactivity can actually worsen the symptoms of arthritis.


Benefits of Low-Impact Exercise

The previously mentioned study involved participants mainly between the ages of 60-79. Participants took part in low-impact exercises once a week for eight weeks. Low-impact exercises included floor mat and chair exercises (some exercises with stretch bands).

A survey was given to participants before and after the exercise program. Each time, they evaluated their pain, physical function, balance, stiffness, and fatigue. The study found that after the 8-week program there were significant improvements in being able to perform daily tasks such as lifting groceries, climbing stairs, getting dressed, and bathing.

Additionally, the study found that:


Is Low-Impact Exercise Right for You?

Speak with your primary doctor or pain doctor to determine if low-impact exercise is right for you. Depending on your health, exercise may not be right for you.

If you are looking for a Las Vegas pain doctor, contact one of our Apex Medical Center offices. Pain management is at the heart of our practice. From our reception staff to our Apex Medical pain physicians, we have built a practice filled with dedicated professionals who are passionate about improving the lives of those looking for care.  

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