Local Arthritis Ireland Branch Encourages People To ‘Get Physical’

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Pictured are Ger Collins Arthritis Kerry branch; Dr Derek Griffin Specialist Physiotherapist Bon Secours; Tim O’Sullivan Chairperson of the Board of Arthritis Ireland; Josephine Twyss and Tom Barrett Arthritis Kerry branch, at the launch in Tralee of National Arthritis Week which takes place this year on 4-10 April. Photo By : Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD ©

NATIONAL Arthritis Week takes place this year on April 4-10 and the local branch of Arthritis Ireland are encouraging people living with arthritis to ‘get physical’.

The theme this year is “Let’s Get Physical!” and is based around physical activity and its importance for people living with arthritis.

Arthritis Ireland is encouraging people living with arthritis to try even small amounts of physical activity, which they say can help you stay strong and remain independent.  Being active can have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of people with arthritis.

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“Although the pain from arthritis can make a person feel less like exercising, even a small amount or moderate amount of activity can help to relieve pain, stiffness and inflammation,” said the charity’s chief executive, Gráinne O’Leary.

“The key is start small and build up over time and don’t forget to seek advice and support from your healthcare professional – be it your GP or your Chartered Physiotherapist,” she said.

“We’re excited to be bringing back the 5km a Day challenge to coincide with our week-long campaign to raise awareness around arthritis. Last year we had runners, walkers and bikers all over the country hitting the road every day for 7 days straight, and the energy and positivity these guys shared throughout the week was really inspiring.

We welcome anybody to send us in a short video clip of yourself, a friend or family member taking part or finishing up whatever physical activity you or they are doing. We will do our best to post them out across our social media channels throughout the week. You can send them to communications@arthritisireland.ie”

For updates on any local events, check out the Arthitis Ireland Kerry Branch Facebook page by clicking here.

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