You may think that exercise and arthritis do not go hand in hand. But that is certainly not the case. It was thought for many years that if you had arthritis you should not exercise because it would damage your joints. Now, however, research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis.
Regular, moderate exercise offers a whole host of benefits to people with arthritis. Mainly, exercises reduce joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscle around the joints, and increases flexibility and endurance. It reduces inflammation from arthritis and related conditions and reduces the risk of other chronic conditions. It also helps promote overall health and fitness by giving you more energy, helping you sleep better, controlling your weight, decreasing depression, and giving you more self-esteem. Furthermore, exercise can help stave off other health problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
Doctors and therapists know that moderate physical activity can improve your health without hurting your joints. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is an exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis that uses gentle activities to
Help increase joint flexibility and range of motion
Help maintain muscle strength.
We can modify any exercise to fit your fitness level – with exercises done while sitting, standing or on the floor. Cindy and Jason have undergone special Arthritis Foundation instructor-training workshop to conduct specialty sessions with their clients. The exercises you learn in the program, however, should not replace therapeutic exercises prescribed for you by a therapist.
Participants previously enrolled in the program have experienced such benefits as increased functional ability, increased self-care behaviors, decreased pain and decreased depression.