I have covered my experience with some of these, but I wanted to list the options that are available without the clutter of my personal information. Since I am over 50 and most of the conditions I have described herein happen to people approaching or over 50, please do not be offended by the choices of the websites I have listed below. The purpose is to give you information you can use regardless of the focus age group.
- *Acupressure–Chinese medical practice of putting finger pressure on certain areas of the body to stimulate Xi Gong–the life force–in specific organs and reduce symptoms of illness or other conditions http://www.acupressure.com/
- Acupuncture–Chinese medical practice of placing ‘thinner than human hair’ needles in certain areas of the body to stimulate Qi–the life force–in specific organs and reduce symptoms of illness or other conditions http://www.acupuncture.com/
- Physical Activity–the key here may be trying to do something other than what you’re used to doing for exercise or fitness. Is there something you can do that doesn’t require you to use the affected body part as much as before OR using it in a gentler way?
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/exerciseforseniors.html This is a great general information website with lots of additional resources to check out–just in case you’re not convinced impressed by my presentation:) This site will serve as the main site for those subjects below where there is no link.
- Walking–a little everyday or as often as you can manage it. There is no shame in using a cane or a walker to get around. Whatever works for you.
- Chair Yoga/Yoga for specific conditions http://www.getfitwhereyousit.com/
- Swimming–one of the best overall exercises because:
- It uses most of the muscles on your body
- Does the above gently because of the great reduction in gravity and jarring forces www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/health_benefits_water_exercise.html
- Water-based gentle exercises www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/health_benefits_water_exercise.html
- Deep water aerobics–you are held afloat by buoy belts and ‘noodles’, while working your legs below the water and arms above and below the water. Again, does the above gently because of the great reduction in gravity and jarring forces www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/health_benefits_water_exercise.html http://www.aeawave.com/publicpages/home/tabid/54/ctl/detailview/mid/456/itemid/25/default.aspx
- Tai Chi–Chinese slow-moving martial art Supposed to be especially good for arthritis http://www.medicinenet.com/tai_chi/article.htm#introduction_to_tai_chi
- Table gardening–Planting materials and containers are done from a table-height station, so you’re not down on ‘all fours’ and bending and twisting http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/planning_your_garden/theme_and_specialty_gardens/table_gardens.html
- *Biofeedback–the use of electronic sensors connected to your body to give you feedback to help reduce stress http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/biofeedback/basics/definition/prc-20020004
- Chiropractic–focuses on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems and uses most often spinal manipulation to aid in conditions in the spine, joints of the arms and legs and the muscles and nerves http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=13&T2ID=61
- **Meditation–teaches you how to focus inwardly to make your mind calm and peaceful and to reduce stress. Certain levels of stress can lead to pain. http://www.how-to-meditate.org/why-learn-to-meditate.htm/
*I have no professional or personal experience with this modality **I have not used this modality for this purpose
- Acupressure http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/05/Acupuncture_point_Hegu_(LI_4).jpg/160px-Acupuncture_point_Hegu_(LI_4).jpg
- Water Aerobics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_aerobics
- Meditating Woman http://www.awaken.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/s-LONELINESS-AND-MEDITATION-large.jpg