Arthritis Awareness Month
What is Arthritis
Arthritis is often referred to as the pain, stiffness, damage or inflammation to joint cartilage – which is in turn the tissue that covers the ends of the bones, enabling them move against each other. This results in joint weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with a person’s everyday life, making even the simplest of tasks such as walking, driving and preparing food a challenge.
Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85million Australians affected at a cost to our economy of more than $23.9 billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings and lost production (Arthritis Australia) .
As our nation grows older the suspected number of people suffering from Arthritis will grow too. According to leading researchers current trends indicate that by 2050 7 million Australians will suffer from in some way from this disease.
Arthritis is often thought of as one single disease, however this is not the case. This term is in fact just the tip of the tree, as more than 100 other musculoskeletal condition conditions branch beneath it. These other conditions affect the skeletal structure more specifically, where several bones meet.
It is widely believed that Arthritis is just a fact of life and is inevitable when growing old, but this is not always the case. This condition is becoming better managed amongst sufferers as each day goes by. Your doctor has a whole range of recommendations to relieve pain and protect joints from further damage.
If you are overweight, losing weight will alleviate the pressure that is put on your joints and help with discomfort. Recent studies are also looking into how your diet may intern affect Arthritis, if sufferers are open to changing what they eat, the possibilities are endless!
What we can do to help
Here at Funlife Fitness we’re working hard to create awareness about this life altering illness and help those that are suffering. When you’re aching, the last thing you want to do is exercise but it’s one of the best things you can do for your joints. Aerobic and strength training can both be extremely beneficial for mobility and flexibility. Working with your doctor and our Exercise Physiologist could see your Arthritis management come in leaps and bounds.
Water exercise or ‘hydrotherapy’ is an excellent way for sufferers to build strength, ease joints and relax sore muscles. It is a comfortable and effective way for a person with arthritis to exercise because the joints and muscles can be worked, whilst still supported in the water. Our pool is heated to 34 degrees and is ready for our clients to use all year round.
Come in today and chat with our friendly staff about getting on the road to Arthritis recovery!
For more information about Arthritis head to: http://www.arthritisaustralia.com.au/