NO matter what your age or how much pain you feel, the evidence is loud and clear: simple exercises can and will help people living with arthritis.
In the New Year, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania is launching The Joint Movement strength training program at the Old Beach Community Centre.
The Joint Movement group exercise classes are suitable for adults of all ages, abilities and fitness levels, and are small and friendly classes supervised by a trained exercise professional.
People with arthritis often worry that exercise may harm their joints and cause more pain.
However, Jackie Slyp, CEO of Arthritis and Osteoporosis Tasmania says “exercise is considered the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and stiffness and improving movement”. In the case of osteoarthritis exercise provides benefits similar to those of commonly used pain relieving drugs.”
Exercising regularly has many health benefits including increased strength, flexibility, balance and energy and decreased pain, stiffness and fatigue.
“The main exercise goals for people with arthritis are to help them to continue to participate in social, domestic, occupational and recreational pursuits by reducing pain and improving physical function,” Mrs Slyp said.
“Exercise is also good for mental health making you feel
better and more self-confident affecting the way you cope with your condition.”
Strength training involves working your muscles a little harder than you do in normal life. Strengthening exercises are particularly important for muscle, bone and joint health. Strong muscles help to support our joints and keep them in the right position when we move.
“If muscles are weak, the joints can become unstable and this can be painful. Physically inactive people lose muscle mass each decade after age 30 making it even more important to participate in regular strength training as we age.”
The Joint Movement strength training program offers weekly strength exercise classes and an individual pre-exercise assessment to help you get the most out of the program.
To express your interest in The Joint Movement program or for information about your condition please phone the Arthritis Infoline 1800 011 041 or visit www.arthritistas.org.au