The term arthritis means inflammation of one or more of the joints. There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis.
The main symptoms of arthritis include, pain, stiffness, restricted movement of the joints, inflammation and swelling, and warmth and redness of the skin over the joint. It can also result in muscle weakness and fatigue.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthitis are the most common
Patients with arthritis are often reluctant to exercise thinking it will damage their joints further. However joints are designed to be moved and so, in reality, inactivity can be more problematic as it will cause the muscles and surrounding tissues to become weak.
Pilates is the perfect form of exercise for people with Arthitis. As a Pilates professional, I also hold a specialization on orthopaedic conditions, and I am able to design a plan to:
– Improve muscle strength and endurance
– Reduce Pain
– Manage body weight which, in turn, can reduce the stress placed on joints
– Improve wellbeing
– Improve balance and proprioception