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Keep moving

Why is exercise important?

It’s important to keep your joints moving and your muscles strong – if you don’t use it, you may lose it. If arthritis is causing pain, you may not want to move. But this can increase stiffness and in the long term your … READ MORE

General fitness exercises

Fitness exercises are very important to keep your heart healthy. It can be as simple as walking a bit further or faster than normal. 2282-Keep-moving-inc-brochure-poster Swimming is an excellent all-round exercise for people with … READ MORE

What sort of exercise is important?

You don’t need to join a gym or buy special equipment to exercise. The simplest exercises are often the best. You should try to do three main types of exercise: Stretching exercises help ease aches and pains and get the best … READ MORE

Keep moving booklet

This booklet is for people with arthritis who want to know more about how they can exercise safely. We’ll explain why exercise is helpful and important, and what types of exercise you can do. The handy poster shows you some examples … READ MORE

Plantar fasciitis exercises

Your heel pain is caused by a traction injury with some inflammation of the tissues of the heel and the underside of the foot. HandsOn2-s5-Plantar-Fasciitis-ExerciseSheet Source Arthritis Research … READ MORE

Work related joint disorders

A change of physical working methods can lead to you developing a joint disorder. In this booklet we’ll explain how some common problems can arise and how to recognise them. We’ll explain the possible causes of symptoms and also … READ MORE

Sports and exercise injuries

Exercise and sport should be good for your physical and mental health if you undertake it sensibly and take into account your current level of health and fitness. 2042-Sport-Exercise-injuries-14-1 Visit Arthritis Research … READ MORE

When your child has arthritis

The best care for your child is a combination of medicines (drug treatments) and an active exercise programme. 2006-When-your-child-has-arthritis Visit Arthritis Research … READ MORE

Stretching exercises

Stretching exercises (also known as ‘range of movement’ exercises) are designed to make sure your joints are stretched as far as they safely and comfortably can be. They’re often very simple and most of us already do some … READ MORE

Strengthening exercises

Strengthening exercises help you to strengthen your muscles so they can support your joints. To strengthen muscles we usually need to move them against some resistance. 2282-Keep-moving-inc-brochure-poster Why are strengthening … READ MORE

Osteoarthritis exercises

Many people with osteoarthritis are afraid to exercise because they believe – mistakenly – that it will cause further damage to their joints. However, joints are designed to move and inactivity is harmful to the tissues in and … READ MORE

Knee pain exercises

Simple exercises to increase movement or begin working the muscles. Start with ‘low impact exercises’ (non-weight-bearing, i.e. sitting or lying on the floor, sofa or bed) and build toward weight-bearing exercises and functional … READ MORE

Elbow pain exercises

Elbow pain is a very common problem but it’s not usually a sign of arthritis or any other underlying medical condition. 2044-Elbow-Pain-14-1-complete1 Visit Arthritis Research … READ MORE

Hip replacement surgery

If you’re thinking about having hip replacement surgery you’ll probably have lots of questions on your mind. In this booklet we’ll explain when hip replacement might be needed and what you can expect from surgery. To help you in … READ MORE

Shoulder pain exercises

Stretching and strengthening exercises. Taking painkillers before you exercise can help you stay active without causing extra pain. 2039-Shoulder-Pain_Excercise-book Visit Arthritis Research … READ MORE

Neck pain exercises

Start exercising gently and increase gradually. You should not try to push hard to get rid of pain. A little discomfort is common when starting a new activity or exercise, especially if you have not been active for some time, as your … READ MORE

Knee pain in young adults

Patellofemoral pain syndrome. As many as 1 in 3 young adults experience knee pain at some time or other. This is commonly caused by imbalances in the muscles surrounding the knee which affect the kneecap (patella). … READ MORE

Back pain exercises

Start exercising gently and increas gradually. You should not try to push hard to get rid of pain. A little discomfort is common when starting a new activity or exercise, especially if you have not been active for some time, as your … READ MORE

Ankle sprain exercises

Information in this exercise sheet should be used as a guide to recovery – following a simple ankle sprain. It will not treat all ankle problems. It is ideal for use after you have seen your doctor or physiotherapist and been … READ MORE

Gardening and arthritis

Gardening doesn’t have to be a problem if you have arthritis, and it can play an important part in keeping up your physical activity. In this booklet we’ll look at how garden layout, the right tools and pacing techniques can help … READ MORE

Everyday living and arthritis

You may find that arthritis makes everyday life more challenging at times. In this booklet we’ll go through each room in your home and give you tips on making changes to make life easier. We’ll advise you on what to look for when … READ MORE

Hydrotherapy and arthritis

It’s well known that swimming is a good form of exercise for people with arthritis, but you don’t have to be able to swim to enjoy the benefits of exercising in water. This booklet aims to explain how and why hydrotherapy is used … READ MORE

Physiotherapy and arthritis

Physiotherapy is an important part of treatment for most people with arthritis. It helps you to keep your joints and muscles moving and gives you the confidence to continue exercising on your own. 2256-Physiotherapy Visit Arthritis … READ MORE

Occupational therapy and arthritis

Occupational therapy can play a very important part in helping you to manage your arthritis. It’ll help you find ways of continuing with your work, household tasks, personal care and hobbies independently and without straining … READ MORE

Arthritis Research UK exercise sheets

This series on practical exercise is a tribute to Arthritis Research UK, the leading UK funder of research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. The guides included here were some ten years in the making. The common … READ MORE
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