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Old 08-30-2010, 02:47 PM   #1
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Arthritis and Grip Strength

I have a client that I train with basic gymnastics skills, she took 8 months off for some family stuff and is getting back into training now. She's lost quite a bit of the strength she had before the hiatus so I implemented some grip strength training into the end of some of our workouts.

She recently told me that she loves this training because she feels it has helped her deal with some minor arthritis she has in her hands...

Is this a common side effect of grip strength training? I'm completely ignorant on arthritis...Can sufficient strength in the hands be a deterrent to acquiring arthritis? My aunt has disfiguring arthritis so it's probably really late for her to do much about that or she would've done it I assume...?

Anyone know much about this subject?
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:56 PM   #2
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

Arthritis is a bone and joint disorder, so stronger muscles won't prevent the underlying degeneration or make it go away.

However, stronger muscles *can* help stabilize the joint, improving range of motion and reducing pain. That's the goal of arthritis-oriented physical therapy, and it makes perfect sense that grip strength exercises would help, too. PT may even use the same exercises that you do.

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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

Next time I have a question I'll just PM you first...Gracias
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. I'm 52 and have DJD in my knees, ankle and my thoracic spine.
Look it up lots of articles on this
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

I believe you, I knew there was rehab for arthritis, I just didn't think it was pinch grip plate deadlifts/cleans, rope climbing...etc..usually when a PT says strength training, they don't mean the same thing most of us mean
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

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I believe you, I knew there was rehab for arthritis, I just didn't think it was pinch grip plate deadlifts/cleans, rope climbing...etc..usually when a PT says strength training, they don't mean the same thing most of us mean
From what I've seen, they use many of the same exercises, just really really scaled down. I do freestanding atg squats with a barbell on my shoulders, my mother does unweighted limited ROM squats while holding the kitchen counter for support.

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Old 08-30-2010, 07:22 PM   #7
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

Dexterity drills may help as well. Also, depending on type and possibly location, exercises for individual digits can benefit in some cases. Someone with specific joint issues like myself can sometimes, and only sometimes, get a certain amount of stability by working to ensure a balanced grip.

I like the Titan Telegraph Key and Eagle Loops personally.
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

I do straight traditional grip strength stuff...

I like Eagle Loops too, but have not used them with this client.

I don't find crushing grip to possess that great of a carry-over, so I rarely use it, besides playing with my CoC every once in a while.
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Re: Arthritis and Grip Strength

For people with arthritis diet is more important than exercise. Although exercise to get the joints moving is still EXTREMELY important.

Since cartilage has very little blood supply if at all in some cases, the MOVEMENT of the joint helps to get nutrients to the tissues. For example, in the knee the synovial fluid is the medium of transmission for nutrients. If you don't move your knee then your cartilage ain't getting the nutrients it needs for healing.

In short, proper diet and exercise is important. Something we already knew....

Also, it wouldn't hurt to up fish oil intake A LOT.
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Cool Steven I'll see where her fish oil intake is...
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