New exercise classes for people with arthritis will be held in Letterkenny and will run for six weeks in a new initiative by Arthritis Ireland.
The classes are led by a chartered physiotherapist and are designed specifically for people with arthritis.
Best Evidence recommends that people with arthritis should participate in regular exercise to optimise daily function and enhance quality of life.
The exercise classes offered by Arthritis Ireland and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists aim to give participants an understanding of the role of exercise in managing their arthritis. In addition, the classes allow participants to partake in an appropriate exercise programme that improves, strength, mobility and conditioning and therefore enhances quality of life.
The group classes are one hour in duration. The exercise classes will be performed to music and will include 8 – 10 stations. Participants will move from station to station after a specified time and each week the level of intensity will be increased within the tolerance of the group. Stations will include mobility exercises, strengthening exercises and low grade cardiovascular work.
Participants need to have a reasonable level of mobility and be able to independently stand and walk for short time periods. They need to be able to get up and down from a chair independently and if possible up and down from the floor independently – some exercises are mat based. In addition, participants need to have a reasonable grip as some exercises involve gripping objects. General Health status needs to be good and any underlying cardiac or similar health issues should be flagged up in advance of the classes.
A basic general health screening will be performed in advance of the class.
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