Certified Arthritis Exercise Instructor , Cheryl Foster , leads class
Director: Cheryl Foster
For Information: 620-252-1505
Rehab Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 to 5:00 pm
Today one in five Americans suffers from the pain of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that by the year 2030 an estimated 67 million people in the US will be affected by arthritis.
One step you can take to help prevent the disease and help ease the pain is to get active. Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscle around the joints and increases flexibility and endurance. It also reduces infl ammation from arthritis. Always talk to your doctor about treatment and pain management.
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center offers an arthritis exercise class by an instructor certifi ed by the American Arthritis Association. Cheryl Foster is a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) who became certifi ed by the National Arthritis Foundation and now teaches a class on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The classes include low impact exercises, an education module, and relaxation/breathing techniques. The low-impact class is designed to help build endurance and improve movement. "The purpose is to get the people who have arthritis to improve. What we want to do is break the pain cycle and encourage people to exercise with a low-impact program for the targeted audience," explains Foster. While the program is a fun, safe way for people with arthritis to stay fi t, it should not replace treatment prescribed by a doctor or physical therapist. This program provides arthritis education and it can change someone's quality of life by decreasing pain.
For more information about this class, call Cheryl Foster in the Rehabilitation Department at 620-252-1505.