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Special walking plan eases osteoarthritis pain

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A special style of walking can ease osteoarthritis pain, and improve physical mobility. The technique works even better if you are also taking a nutritional supplement, researchers have found. People with osteoarthritis who walk 1500 steps twice a day and on three days a week say pain from their joints reduces significantly, and they are able to move around more freely and easily. The walking regime is known as ‘progressive walking’, and its beneficial effects are amplified if you take the dietary supplement glucosamine sulphate every day. Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia made the discovery when they tested ‘progressive walking’ on a group of 36 osteoarthritis sufferers aged between 42 and 73 years. At first, they took the supplement for six weeks, before continuing to take it while following the ‘progressive walking’ plan for 12 weeks after that. The overall programme, called Stepping Out, includes a walking guide, a pedometer, which counts the steps, weekly log sheets and a weekly planner. Interestingly, one group walked five days a week, but they didn’t report any greater improvements over those who just walked for three days. (Source: Arthritis Research and Therapy, 2010; 12: R25; doi: 10.1186/ar2932).

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