Monday, July 21, 2003

Arthritis Self Help Course Added to CPW Rehab Medical Fitness Program

Arthritis Self Help Course Added to CPW Rehab Medical Fitness Program

Toledo area physical rehabilitation facility, CPW Rehab, has added the Arthritis Self Help Course to its Medical Fitness Program. The program is designed to help arthritis sufferers build a self management program.

Toledo, OH (PRWEB) July 29, 2004

Arthritis sufferers can learn how to manage their arthritis on a day-to-day basis and live active lives with decreased pain, fatigue and disability. The Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Self Help Course is designed to help individuals with arthritis learn and practice the different skills needed to build an individualized self management program. CPW Rehab, a Toledo-area physical rehabilitation facility, has recently added the Arthritis Self Help Course to its Medical Fitness program. “This is a group education program designed to complement the professional services provided by the individual’s health care team,” said Cindy Binkley, RKT and administrator of CPW Rehab. “Class participants share their experiences and help each other,” she stated.

Arthritis is one of the nationÂ’s most prevalent chronic health problems. In 2002, 70 million Americans (1 in 3 adults) were diagnosed with arthritis or chronic joint problems. The Arthritis Self Help Course is designed to identify and teach arthritis sufferers the latest pain management techniques and help them develop individualized exercise programs. The class includes methods of stress and fatigue management, discussion of the purposes and uses of medications, the role of nutrition in arthritis management and methods of dealing with problems caused by arthritis. Participants are also shown new ways to communicate with family and friends and are encouraged to form partnerships with their health care teams.

“People who have attended the Arthritis Self Help Course say that the class has helped increase their self confidence,” said Ms. Binkley. Participants also report decreased depression, pain and physician visits, she stated. “Half of the people suffering with arthritis don’t think anything can be done to help them,” said Cindy Binkley, RKT and administrator of CPW Rehab. “Yet regular exercise is one of the things that can be done to reduce the impact of arthritis on everyday life,” stated Ms. Binkley.

CPW Rehab has special experience with the issues, needs and concerns of older adults and works closely with the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation in promoting programs and services designed to assist arthritis sufferers. More than half CPW RehabÂ’s patients and clients are 65 years and older. Many struggle with the challenges of arthritis. CPW Rehab offers several arthritis management classes as part of its Medical Fitness Program.

About CPW Rehab

CPW Rehab provides physical therapy, aquatic therapy and kinesiotherapy to NW Ohio and SE Michigan. Originally opened as Southwyck Rehabilitation Services in 1987, the clinic was one of the first facilities in the area to include on-site aquatic therapy in its traditional physical rehabilitation services.

The facility's full size rehabilitative pool is heated to 94º and equipped with both ramp and hydraulic chair lift. CPW Rehab is handicapped-accessible with convenient, well-lit parking and convenient access to both pool and clinic within the same building. In addition to older adults, injured workers, athletes and individuals with orthopedic and neurological injuries benefit from the range of therapeutic programs the facility offers. For more information, visit www. cpwrehab. com or call 419.841.9622.


Allen Mireles 


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