by Aug 27, 2020How Exercise can Impact your Health

How can exercise help with Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a major contributor to disability in older adults. According to the Arthritis Foundation, individuals with osteoarthritis who participated in exercise report a decrease in pain and increase in energy and strength. Exercise allows you to continue doing the activities you love while helping manage the pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Exercise is the most beneficial non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement for people with osteoarthritis.
Arthritis Foundation

Exercise is important for people managing osteoarthritis in order to help:

  • Maintain mobility of the joint

  • Support and stabilize the joint

  • Reduce further cartilage loss

  • Reduce stress on the joint

  • Help manage inflammation and pain

  • Keep you active

How can you get started?

When managing osteoarthritis, it is very important to do the proper types of exercises to help improve your condition. Incorrect exercise form or dosage can be more harmful than helpful, which is why you are recommended to see an exercise specialist to safely begin exercising to manage your osteoarthritis. Our physiotherapy and kinesiology team are experts in safely managing chronic conditions through exercise.

Beginning to exercise in a large group class or gym can be intimidating and overwhelming. In our private studio space, we work with you one on one and create individual exercise programs specific to your needs and goals. Our goal for you is always to help get you moving pain-free while equipping you with the knowledge on how to exercise safely.

Our team will:

  • Teach you how to exercise in a private, studio environment

  • Keep you accountable to stick to your program

  • Improve your balance, mobility and strength to keep you active

    Come into our clinic for a free 30-minute consultation, and learn more about how to manage your osteoarthritis through exercise.

    1-on-1 Guided Exercise to Manage:

    • Cardiovascular disease

    • High blood pressure

    • Diabetes

    • Obesity

    • Osteoporosis

    • Osteopenia

    • Osteoarthritis

    • Age-related falls

    Exercise is proven to be an effective method to help with the management of many age, or lifestyle-related conditions. Beginning to exercise for the first time, learning to exercise safely or having the knowledge to manage an illness with exercise can be intimidating. At Westcoast SCI Physiotherapy, our goal is to introduce people to exercise in a supportive environment and help teach individuals with the conditions listed above how to use exercise to manage symptoms and improve overall health.

    Interested but don’t want to commit?

    Free 30 Minute Consultation with a Kinesiologist

    During your free 30-minute consult, our kinesiology team will meet with you, and provide you with educational resources on why and what type of exercise is important in the management of your condition. The goal is to help you learn how exercise can be beneficial, and the steps to get you started.

    Discounts are available for those who qualify for Medical Services Plan (MSP) Supplementary Benefits

    MSP Supplementary Benefits is financial assistance for families who have filed their taxes and have an adjusted net income of $42,000 or less. Contact us for more information.

    For more information on MSP Supplementary Benefits, click here.

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