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How Physio can help Arthritis

Keeping moving is vital if you have arthritis. Physios are qualified and skilled in getting you moving around more freely despite your arthritis.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis means inflamed joint, when the joint is inflamed it can be sore and stiff. Sometimes it can be hot, red and swollen. People with arthritis can find it difficult to do everyday things such as getting dressed, walking to the shops, cooking and playing sport. More than half a million New Zealanders will be affected by arthritis at some time in their life. There is currently no cure for arthritis, but there are effective treatments, physiotherapy can help.

How can physiotherapy help?

A physio can help you manage your arthritis and continue (or return to) an active life doing the things you enjoy. Physio can also help with;

  • Managing your pain
  • Becoming stronger, fitter and more flexible
  • Staying active and independent
  • Avoiding or delaying the need for surgery

Exercise and arthritis

Your physio will work with you to develop an exercise plan that's right for you. This may involve some strengthening and stretching exercises. It'll also include general activities such as walking, swimming or whatever you enjoy that's beneficial to you. Your physio will help you get the right balance between activity and rest so you keep active without feeling undue pain.

Exercises you can try

If you are looking for exercises you can try then check out our free ebook; exercises to keep you moving. Produced in partnership with Arthritis NZ it details simple exercises that you can do while sitting, standing or lying in bed. We hope this makes it easier for you to pick out a few exercises for the areas of your body that are causing you problems, and fit them into your daily routine. Most exercises in this guide are stretches to help you get the basics right. There are also a few to help you improve strength. If you are unsure which type of exercise is best for you, we recommend you consult your health professional before beginning.

How does physio fit with my medical treatment?

Your physio assists with the physical side of your treatment and your doctor with the medical side. Your physio will work closely with you and your doctor to share information and review your treatment.

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