Arthritis & Osteoporosis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a term used to describe a range of degenerative, inflammatory conditions affecting the bones, joints and muscles. Some forms of arthritis include Osteoarthritis (degeneration of the articular cartilage in joints), rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune disease cause inflammation of the joints), Gout (high levels of Uric acid form painful crystals in joints). The prevalence of Arthritis increases with age, and is a major contributing factor for pain, disability and illness.

Further to this, arthritis can be extremely detrimental to quality of life and general wellbeing. This is caused by the exposure to the often chronic pain, physical limitation, complex management strategies and associated mental health complications.

If you have recently been given a diagnosis of arthritis, it is easy to assume that minimising exercise will prevent further pain and slow the disease progression. In fact, this could not be further from the truth.

Active Treatment of Arthritis

Research continues to provide a strong position for structured exercise as one of the most effective treatments for arthritis. This is due to the capacity for it to improve joint mobility and flexibility, increase muscle strength and postural stability, and decrease pain, fatigue (tiredness), muscle tension and stress.

It is also important to remember that exercise will simultaneously improve your heart and lung function, increase your bone strength, improve your mental health, reduce the risk of almost all chronic diseases and reduce your body weight.

What exercise is best?

Although a “one size fits all” exercise program for treatment of Arthritis does not exist. It is now generally accepted that a combination of flexibility exercises (to maximise pain-free mobility of joints and tissue), strengthening exercises (to provide support and stability for affected joints) and endurance exercises (to increase heart and lung function).

It is important to consult your Doctor and Exercise Physiologist to have an individualised exercise treatment program prescribed for you.

  • 1 in 7 Australians have experienced some form of arthritis
  • 3 in 4 Australians with arthritis have reported at least one other chronic condition
  • 1 in 2 Australians with arthritis reported moderate to severe pain
  • 1 in 6 Australians with arthritis reported high or very high levels of psychological distress.

 

To book in an Exercise Physiology consult and discuss treatment options book below or fill out the “We’ll call you” section.

Mitchell Craig

Mitch is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist holding degrees in both Sport and Exercise Science and Exercise Rehabilitation. Mitch has developed his passion and knowledge in exercise physiology throughout experience providing customised exercise treatment at various sports clubs, gyms, private therapy practices, corporate health companies, onsite and in rehabilitation centers.

Mitch has been dedicated to offering an individualised approach with his treatment, emphasising education to improve functional independence. Mitch shows a particular interest in exercise for improving adolescent mental health and as a conservative treatment modality for over 50’s.

Mitch commits to the “exercise is medicine” philosophy, competing in endurance running, motocross, mountain biking, and powerlifting. He has also completed various local and international trekking adventures taking him through North and South America, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and indonesia.

Sarah Duinjey

Sarah is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist holding a degree in both Exercise and Health Science and Exercise Rehabilitation, as well as a qualified Pilates Instructor with a Diploma in Pilates Instruction from Pilates Fitness Institute. Sarah integrates her knowledge of the Pilates method into her Exercise Physiology work to ensure the client receives a well-rounded, comprehensive exercise experience.

Sarah is a passionate dancer with 20+ years experience. She has completed all of her CSTD Theatrical and Tapping exams, achieving high results in her Theatrical Performance Shield (2013) and Gold Cross (2016) as well as completing RAD Ballet exams. Sarah has been able to work with many young dancers to help them grow and improve.

Sarah is very passionate about identifying and helping people of all ages to improve any muscle imbalances, strength deficits and flexibility issues to help them achieve their life goals.

Corrie Johnstone

Corrie Johnstone has been a Triathlon Australia Accredited Development Coach since 2013 and is currently completing her candidacy for the Performance Coach accreditation. Corrie additionally holds Certificates 3 & 4 in Fitness. She has extensive experience in coaching beginner to advanced athletes to multiple personal bests, age group podiums, and World Championship qualification in both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances.

A triathlete herself for 4 years, Corrie has personal experience racing various distances of triathlon and has completed eight 70.3 distance triathlons with a number of top 10 age group results, as well placing 3rd in the Overall Pursuit Sprint Series 25-29F in the 2014/2015 season. She is currently an A grade female cyclist in WA, placed 2nd in the State Open/Elite Road Race Championship in 2017, was 1st Female at the ATTA 2018 Hill Climb Championship and Overall Female Winner of the Goldfields Cyclassic 2018.

Shane Johnstone

Shane is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with ten years experience holding a Masters degree in Occupational Rehabilitation and Workplace Injury Management along with a Bachelor of Science (Sport Science), Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Certificate IV in Safety, Certificate IV Healthcare (Pre-Ambulance) and Certificate IV in Training, Assessment and Evaluation. Shane draws from his diverse previous work experiences as an Exercise Physiologist in a Rehabilitation Clinic, Vocational Rehabilitation, Researcher for Edith Cowan University, Strength & Conditioning coach for WAFL Football and State teams, Lifestyle Coordinator on remote mine sites, Health Consultant for corporate companies and the Content Developer of a Men’s eHealth Network to provide a holistic health approach for his clients.

Shane’s main area of service focus is musculoskeletal injuries under the WA Workers Compensation act.

Shane is also the CEO of Be Inspired Foundation an organisation that aims to improve the health of disadvantaged youth by helping them to engage with appropriate health professionals for diet advice, exercise guidance and adjustment counselling.

Shane is an endurance sport enthusiast, primarily trail running, but also enjoys cycling, swimming and paddling. Shane has trekked to Base Camp of Mt Everest, completed the Kokoda Trail and reached the summit of Mt Rinjani. Shane in April 2018 ran the 1005km Bibbulmun Track from Albany to Kalamunda and recorded the Fastest Known Time - 11 days 7 hours and 8 minutes.

Exercise physiology

Preventing the progression of bone mineral density loss that rapidly increases later in life with strength and impact exercises, diet modifications and education. Furthermore preventing the risk of falls where weak bones are at risk of fractures that often lead to further complications.

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