Backwards to future relief
MILLIONS of arthritis sufferers have been told they can still keep fit – by running BACKWARDS.
The bizarre suggestion was made by researchers who discovered reverse running put less pressure on knees than running forwards.
But they admitted it “may not be a practical solution” for the 10million sufferers in Britain.
The condition affects people of all ages and restricts movement due to painfully inflamed joints.
But Dr Paulien Roos, who conducted the research at Cardiff University, warned those with arthritis not to start running backwards because of “potential trip hazards”.
He said: “Backward running may not be a practical solution, but there is an opportunity to investigate other styles for therapeutic application.”