Pilates can help arthritis
PHYSIOTHERAPIST Chris Norris, of Norris Associates in Congleton, is working with Alderley Pilates Studio in Nether Alderley in making Arthritis Care Awareness Week (April 14 to 18), with a reminder that Pilates can be of great benefit to anyone with arthritis and other ailments.
Arthritis is the UK’s biggest single cause of physical disability, affecting nine million people of all ages, including 12,000 children.
Chris said: “Anyone diagnosed with arthritis should look at taking regular exercise to help them live with their condition and improve their mobility as well as reduce pain.
“A physiotherapist should assess an individual and determine the best kind of exercise to help them.
“From my own experience Pilates is very helpful for arthritis sufferers.
“It is also a controlled, gentle form of exercise which means it can be practiced by people whatever their previous level of fitness or age.”
Alderley Pilates Studio owner Peter Bowen said: “Arthritis can be very debilitating, but we are keen to let local sufferers know how beneficial Pilates can be in helping them to become more mobile.
“Pilates does this in a safe and gentle way, and because it is a controlled form of exercise it is suitable for men and women of any age, even if they have not exercised for many years.
“Arthritis sufferers can work within their own comfort zone in a calm way, which far from putting extra stress on their joints, helps them become more mobile and flexible over time.
“Pilates is a fully supervised form of activity which puts people’s joints into neutral, allowing them to move as efficiently as possible despite underlying health problems such as arthritis.”
To find out more about Norris Associates visit www.norrisassociates.co.uk.
To find out more about Pilates and the classes available contact Jan or Peter on 01625-860475 or visit www.alderleypilates.co.uk.
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