Weight Bearing Exercises The main benefit offered by weight-bearing exercises is that it strengthens the bones and helps to prevent the onset of osteoporosis. For those adults who already have thin and weak bones, care must be taken to perform these exercises slowly and consistently. It is never advisable for such people to lift heavy weights, and if you have problems with you balance due to peripheral neuropathy, then you should avoid lifting weights at all costs.
Besides strengthening the bones, weight bearing exercises also make the muscles stronger. This in turn improves the balance and stability of a person. You can join a gym and get an introductory session from a qualified personal …show more content…
For instance, it is generally not recommended for people with diabetes and neuropathy to ride a cycle as it poses a great risk of an injury. Stationary bikes are the perfect solution for such people as they can safely get their heart rate pumping without the risk of falling off.
The only precaution that needs to be taken is when you’re getting on and off the bike, particularly if your feet are prone to becoming numb.
Elliptical machines sometimes seem to offer effortless running; however, if you carefully adjust the settings of the machine, you will see that it can get a whole lot challenging. When combined with weight bearing exercises, an elliptical machine offers some excellent health benefits. For instance, it can help a person to regain some of the lost balance. If your balance has been affected to a certain degree, you should always hold onto the handles when using this machine.
Quick Exercises for People With Neuropathy The following exercises can be especially beneficial for those who are trying to manage their symptoms of neuropathy. These exercises can be done almost anywhere quickly and …show more content…
These exercises, called range of motion exercises, are performed at the joints. For instance, such an exercise for the foot will rotate ankle joint. This can be done by sitting on a chair and lifting the foot affected by neuropathy. Circle the foot, first in a clockwise direction followed by the same motion in the opposite, counter clockwise direction. This should be done for at least 5 to 10 times in each direction.
Low Impact Exercises Exercises such as stationary bicycling, walking and swimming are considered to be low impact exercises. These exercises help minimize various complications and reduce the pain caused by neuropathy. They can also enhance the coordination and muscle strength, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
When walking, you should ensure that your pelvis is slightly tucked in and that your muscles in the lower abdomen are ‘pulled’ towards your spine’s base. Begin by walking for short distances initially, and as you gain stamina and feel better, increase the duration as well as the