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PsA Stretches to Reduce Pain & Increase Flexibility

PsA Stretches to Reduce Pain & Increase Flexibility

With the daily routines of medicine, diet and rest, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important things psoriatic arthritis patients can do to help manage the disease: stretching.

Gentle stretches improve range of motion

According to the Cleveland Clinic, gentle straightening and bending of joints can reduce pain and increase flexibility in arthritis patients. “Range-of-motion exercises (also called stretching or flexibility exercises) help maintain normal joint function by increasing and preserving mobility and flexibility.”

Three stretches that will help!

While you should always consult your doctor for stretches that are appropriate for you, Caitlin Kovary, personal trainer with a bachelor of science in kinesiology, demonstrates in this video how to complete three stretches for the hips, soles of the feet, and shoulders to help psoriatic arthritis patients increase range of motion.


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Comments

  • kathunt8
    2 years ago

    Is anyone aware of a good video that has 20 mins of gentle stretches for psa? I can’t bare weight on my arthrtic knees.Thanks!

  • NicE
    2 years ago

    Bikram style yoga has worked wonders for my arthritis in the past. Hopefully I’ll manage to make time for this 30ish minute version of it that I just found online. I think making it to the 20 minute mark would be great for your PsA and take still it easy on your knees. Right after floor-bow is when the poses start putting more strain on your knees. Hope it helps…both of us! 🙂

  • kathunt8
    2 years ago

    Thank you!

  • NicE
    2 years ago

    yeah..uhm…I suppose this would help to have… https://youtu.be/m7WQGhwqeXw

  • CathyD moderator
    2 years ago

    Really enjoyed this, Jaime! That shoulder stretch feels amazing!!

  • Jaime Lyn Moy author
    2 years ago

    I agree! That shoulder stretch is my favorite. And my rheumatologist approves for my bursitis – win!

  • NicE
    2 years ago

    Looks good. Hopefully will get the chance to try out these stretches soon. Any stretches or exercises good for hands, wrists and elbows? Been taking some yoga with a lot of flow moves but not sure if that could be harming instead of helping these joints. :/

  • Jaime Lyn Moy author
    2 years ago

    I recently started taking yoga again after being away from my practice for years. I feel so much stronger and more flexible, but my wrists are often overworked. Those vinyasas and down dogs can be rough! I’ve been modifying my dropping my knees. That certainly takes the pressure off my wrists and helps me get through the class. I would talk to your instructor for modifications.

  • VickiN moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi NicE! I thought you might like this article by our editorial team:
    https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/living/easy-exercises-at-home/
    I agree that it’s hard to know/assess whether exercise is harmful our helpful. Moving is so important, but we have to be careful not to go too far, lol.
    Warmest wishes!
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

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