8 Tips for Exercising When You Have Scleroderma

Scleroderma patients know that they need exercise to keep their joints flexible. While they may know it and even want to do it, it’s much easier said than done. Patients with this disease suffer through a lot of pain everyday and the idea of exercising and risking making that pain worse is often not an appealing one.

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However, when patients find the will and energy to exercise, it’s important they pace themselves. If they push themselves too hard on a day they’re active, they may not be in good condition the rest of the week. All scleroderma patients should talk to a doctor or someone specialized if they decide to go ahead with a regular exercise program. Not doing so involves a lot of risks that can easily be avoided.

According to move.org, there are a few suggestions for scleroderma patients when embarking on an exercise regimen:

Do a screening before you start exercising. This is usually done so that patients with medical issues that might endanger them during exercise can be identified. That way, doctors can establish if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Don’t try to do everything at once. Start slowly and steadily increase intensity as you gain strength. That way, you’ll avoid serious complications or even just a few off days.

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