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June 14, 2011
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Offers Pain Relief at FHD
As of June 28, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise ProgramSM will be offered at Florida Hospital DeLand Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, 701 W. Plymouth Avenue, DeLand.  The eight-week course was developed by physical therapists specifically for people with arthritis. This low-impact, joint-safe exercise program has been documented to help decrease arthritis pain and relieve stiffness while increasing flexibility and range of motion.  The program can build stronger muscles and overall stamina through balance and endurance exercises.

The program is taught by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors, each of whom has completed in-depth training on arthritis and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program.  During the eight week course, held twice a week, participants will go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion. This low-impact class is suitable for every fitness level and can be done while sitting, standing or on the floor.  Recent program additions also allow for the incorporation of resistance bands and weights for an added workout as well as interactive health education lessons and stress-reducing relaxation techniques to help participants better manage their arthritis.

“In addition to reducing pain and stiffness, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program helps people with arthritis keep joints flexible, maintain muscle strength and build overall stamina,” said Jill Piazza, PT, DPT, Director of Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation at Florida Hospital DeLand.  Results are backed by research studies.  In one study, individuals who attended the class for four months reduced their pain by 24 percent and increased confidence in their ability to continue activities by 22 percent.

If you think you have arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation urges you to seek an early and specific diagnosis.  With more than 100 forms of arthritis and related diseases, a specific diagnosis is critical because each form requires a different treatment plan. 

Pre-registration for the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is necessary and enrollment is limited.  For more information, contact 386-943-4690. Before starting any exercise program, always check with your physician.

The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is one of several arthritis health education and exercise programs in the Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement series to help people take greater control of arthritis.  For a listing of programs in your community, visit the Arthritis Foundation Web site at www.arthritis.org.

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 46 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country and offers programs that can decrease the pain and disability associated with arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $400 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps individuals take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. Information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-283-7800 or www.arthritis.org.

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