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.”

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