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Exercise and Arthritis

It’s often thought that exercising with arthritis could harm your joints and cause you to experience pain.  However, research shows that people should follow a regular exercise program when living with arthritis. Regular exercise is considered one of the most effective non-drug treatments for reducing pain and improving movement in patients with arthritis.

At the Broyhill Wellness Center we have a variety of exercise programs and options that can help make living with pain more managable. Let us get you started on an exercise program that will help reduce your pain and live a more mobile life.

 

Range of Motion or Flexibility Exercises

The quest for better range of motion and flexibility happens one step at a time. You must do what you can with what you have currently, and slowly work to improve with regular effort.  Taking a yoga class, the Stretch and Flex class, or working directly with a trainer can help you improve in these areas.

Aerobic/Endurance Exercise

Walking on a treadmill, using a stationary bike, or even taking a structured class, such as spin, are great options to improve your aerobic endurance. These exercises help improve circulation and help your joints as well. Always remember to build up slowly at your own pace.  

Strengthening Exercises

Improving strength goes a long way for reducing the symptoms of Arthritis. With options like, Stretch and Flex, Bar, and Body Challenge, there are no shortage of ways to improve your strength at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center. We also have a wide variety of weight machines and hand weights that you can use to challenge your muscles.

 

Aquatic Exercises

This is a great option for anyone with Arthritis, as it lets you improve range of motion, endurance, and strength all at the same time. The support of the water also has the added benefit of your joints being more supported and bearing less weight.  You could try one of the Aquatic Arthritis classes offered in our therapy pool, try a free swim in our lap pool, or even try one of the Water Aerobics classes that we offer in the main pool.

Is there a charge to participate in the program?

There is a cost to Arthritis exercise program. We make every effort to be sure the program is affordable and available to everyone that wants to attend. Our program coordinator is available to discuss cost and payment options.  

Do I need a physician’s referral to participate?

We DO require a physician’s referral before enrolling in our Arthritis exercise program. We work closely with area physicians and therapists at The Rehab Center to make the referral process easy.  

If you would like more information about our Arthritis exercise programs, please contact us through the form below.

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