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The importance of exercise

Participantsin a yoga class doing back stretches

You have acid in your tissues’ – David Butler, Pain Physiotherapist and Lecturer.

This phrase has stayed with me since and shaped my clinical practice. This highlights the need for tissues to receive nourishment, move and be used. In much the same way that we can’t expect plants to survive without care and attention, our bodies need certain things to thrive- this includes exercise.

In an age where people are living longer, with higher levels of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity, it’s essential for the public health that we, as musculoskeletal clinicians, do all we can to reduce the impact of ageing and illness. Research has looked at amount, type and intensity of exercise in helping manage conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis.

A key question is, which are more important- particular types of exercise or engagement of individuals? In fact, both are important.

Tailoring exercise regimes to individuals is crucial but it is also vital they choose exercise that they enjoy and will sustain as they embark on a journey using exercise to improve musculoskeletal health. We, as clinicians have the power to encourage, empower and support. Using the UK Chief Medical Officer’s Guidelines will help encourage, empower and support healthy and active lifestyles.

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