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Arthritis Awareness Week October 10th – 16th

In Ireland over 915,000 people which includes 1 in every 1000 children, are living with arthritis. This makes it the biggest cause of disability in Ireland

Arthritis can affect people of all ages and can be debilitating.

Exercise can be extremely beneficial to your overall health, but more importantly to the health of your joints. Once you have discussed your treatment program with your GP or Consultant you should introduce some form of moderate exercise to your daily routine. Chartered Physiotherapists are well placed to guide you through getting started.

Jane Campbell, Physiotherapy Manager Aut Even Hospital Kilkenny, would recommend exercise for people living with arthritis. “The great news for those people suffering with arthritis is that there is plenty of evidence to show how exercise can improve your symptoms. It is the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in osteoarthritis”.  She lists the following as some of the benefits of exercise for people living with arthritis.

 

  • Reduces your joint pain and stiffness
  • Strengthens the muscles, ligaments and cartilage around your joints
  • Helps you maintain bone strength and quality
  • Increases and maintains your joint range of motion and joint mobility
  • Improves your balance
  • Gives you more strength and energy to get through the day
  • Helps you control your weight
  • Makes it easier to get a good night’s sleep
  • Makes you feel better about yourself and improves your sense of well-being
  • Improves your ability to manage stress
  • Reduces the risk of other chronic conditions
  • Promotes stronger heart and lungs
  • Lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Can be fun!