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Friday, February 18, 2011

Joints in Motion

Arthritis can be painful and very expensive, both monetarily and emotionally. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have arthritis. That means, one if every five adults suffer from some or the other form of arthritis.  Are you one of them? Do you constantly fight the battle of remaining independent?
How do you escape from the clutches of Arthritis? The answer is regular physical activity, since doing so will help reduce pain and improve body functions. Don’t give in to the pain otherwise it will take over your entire body before you realize it. Of course, getting out of the house will be painful. There will be days when you will not feel like getting up and going for a walk. Will it help if you had someone to go with? Some people have reported, “When I know there is someone waiting for me, it motivates me further to get up and go.”
Joints in Motion hopes to do that for you. Joints in Motion is a program at Little House (in collaboration with Arthritis Foundation) which is intended to helping you in the healing process. The exercises are aimed at muscle strengthening and improving your range of motion. Slower movements, which may seem harder, will help your joints and inner thigh exercises will help you get in and out of the car. Certain knee bending exercises are good for sitting and getting up from a chair with ease, taking stairs and walking. Just when you are about to give up, your friends in the class will encourage you to keep going.
Little House is a place where you will exercise, socialize and participate in various other activities. While you get involved in these activities, your body will heal itself, since your mind will be preoccupied not with the thoughts of pain, but in enjoying every moment.
To learn more about our arthritis class, please contact Little House at 650-326-2025  ext. 221

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