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Keeping Active with Arthritis This Winter

By Rob Wilson | In Health & Wellbeing | on October 4, 2017

What activities do you have planned this winter? Perhaps you enjoy a brisk walk along the west sands of St Andrews or a relaxing walk through forests with the fresh smell of pine needles. Some of us look forward to the thrill of gliding over silky, snowy pistes on skis in Glenshee or the Alps.

Whatever your passion, don’t let the pain of arthritis slow you down this winter.

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Our top tips for getting fit this winter:

  • Start some low-impact and non-impact activities such as gentle walking, swimming, water exercise and cycling as soon as possible.
  • Remember to warm-up and include a gradual cool-down to help reduce the likelihood of aggravating joint pain.
  • Spread your activity throughout the day (e.g., three 10-minute sessions). Set time goals rather than distance goals.
  • Start slowly and gradually progress the intensity and duration of your workouts. Take frequent breaks during activity if needed.
  • Consult with us on improving your walking gait, we provide practical advice on shoe selection and fit customised Formthotics for maximum shock absorption.

Manual therapy and pulsed Ultrasound has also demonstrated clinical effectiveness in reducing the pain and inflammation associated with Arthritis.

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A ‘Winter Wellness Consultation’ is now available at St Andrews Osteopaths!

This 90-minute session includes a full functional assessment: cardiovascular screen: respiratory check-up spinal range of motion and functional movement screening examination. During the assessment, you can discuss your specific fitness goals with Mrs Beard who will provide you with a personalised training program, along with exercise prescription and recommendations for follow up treatments; supplements and dietary recommendations.

Call St Andrews Osteopaths on 01334 477000 for further information.

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