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Regular exercise is important to keep you moving and independent. Exercise helps lessen pain, increase movement, reduce fatigue and helps you feel better.

Range of Motion Exercises, Strengthening Exercises, Endurance Exercises

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Diagnosis: What kind of arthritis do I have?

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. It is important to know what kind of arthritis you have so you can get the right treatments. Make an appointment with your doctor today if you haven't been diagnosed and think you may have arthritis. Enroll in a Living Well Workshop today.

Physical Activity

Keep those joints moving! Joints are nourished by synovial fluid moving within the joint. The only way to keep that fluid moving is to move your body. Remember, low impact exercise is great for arthritis and there are a variety of options to explore such as swimming or strength training.

Studies show that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity three or more days a week can help you move more easily. Walking can also be a fun way to increase your mood, increase your flexibility and decrease pain.

Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety.

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For scientists, pain has long presented an intractable problem: it is a physiological process, just like breathing or digestion, and yet it is inherently, stubbornly subjective—only you feel your pain. It is also a notoriously hard experience to convey accurately to others.
Virginia Woolf bemoaned the fact that “the merest schoolgirl, when she falls in love, has Shakespeare or Keats to speak her mind for her; but let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language at once runs dry.” Elaine Scarry, in the 1985 book “The Body in Pain,” wrote, “Physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it.”

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Living Well with a Disability is a ten week peer-facilitated health promotion workshop for people with disabilities.

Program Benefits

Participants in the program learn the life skills they need to set and achieve quality-of-life goals and the important role health plays in helping them reach their goals. Participants who have completed a workshop demonstrate:

  • Improved outlook
  • Positive changes in daily activities
  • Achieving a personal goal
  • Reduced limitation due to secondary health conditions
  • Reduced health care costs
  • Increased awareness of disability rights/advocacy

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Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a community-based recreational program specifically designed to teach adults with arthritis how to exercise safely.

Program Benefits

Trained instructors cover a variety of range-of-motion exercises, endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs and abilities. Participants completing the program report experiencing:

  • Improved functional ability
  • Decreased depression
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased confidence in one's ability to exercise

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