To improve the flexibility of the joints and strengthen the muscles around the joint, people suffering from psoriatic arthritis should exercise regularly. Mild to moderate activities that are not stressful for the joints such as walking, swimming, cycling and water aerobics are ideal for psoriatic arthritis patients.
This booklet answers general questions about arthritis and exercise. The amount and form of exercise recommended for each individual will vary depending on which joints are involved, the amount of inflammation, how stable the joints are, and whether a joint replacement procedure has been done. A skilled physician who is knowledgeable about the medical and rehabilitation needs of people with arthritis and working with a physical therapist also familiar with the needs of people with arthritis is crucial.
ENACT has worked with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter to deliver the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Training Program (AFEP), a workshop that specializes in training laypersons and health practitioners to lead exercise sessions for people with arthritis. Completion and implementation of this program is a big step in helping those with arthritis regain lost mobility.
The AFEP includes instructions about how to adapt exercises for people with arthritis. Trainees, who typically have either an exercise or physical therapy background, also develop a lesson plan for an arthritis exercise class. After completing the course, participants are certified as instructors to lead exercise classes for the Arthritis Foundation.