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From 25 September to 1st October, Arthrits New Zealand will be holding its annual appeal week and they need your support.
Did you know that over half a million (530,000) NZers live with arthritis. It can strike anyone from babies to the elderly and can cause much pain. It is the greatest cause of disability in NZ, making the research programme one of Arthritis NZ’s most important services. There are over 140 different forms of arthritis.
The mission of Arthritis NZ is to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are affected. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many ways you can manage and relieve your symptoms to reduce the likelihood of it progressing.
One of the most important aspects of self management is exercise - to keep your joints moving to increase flexibility and help reduce pain. Improving muscle strength will help protect your joints. Walking, Tai Chi, swimming and gentle exercise classes all can help.
One very easy way to keep joints moving and manage pain was discovered by an Otaki woman some years ago when searching for a way to help her severely affected husband. She made him an inflatable exerciser which helped him greatly. She called it an Aircycle and Arthritis NZ wrote about it in their national magazine, The Juice. Ever since, people have been requesting this soft, easy to use exerciser for both hands and feet. Feedback has continually reinforced the benefits from keeping it beside a comfortable chair and using it frequently while sitting watching TV, reading, having coffee or chatting on the phone.
It is a great circulation booster and many people have found it helpful for other conditions also; reducing swollen ankles and cramps, relieving diabetic foot problems, sciatic nerve pain, aching legs, sore and cold feet and hands, for Parkinson’s, MS, stroke rehabilitation, strengthening muscles and helping people remain mobile and independent. It is washable and folds to carry in a pocket to use on flights, in the car or under an office desk – for anyone who has to sit for long periods.