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Hope offered to those living with arthritis



Jun 20, 2007

For the past couple of months, about 20 people have showed up twice a week seeking respite from a condition that won't go away.

Arthritis affects more than 45 million Americans and limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million of those suffering, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Coshocton County residents found relief attending an arthritis exercise class provided by the Coshocton County General Health District at Kids America.

"I try to do whatever I can to relieve the pain," said Doris Parkhill. "It makes you feel better all over by moving the joints."

Parkhill has pain in her knees and feet from arthritis.

Sufferers can benefit from moderate exercise as it reduces joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscles around the joints and increases flexibility and endurance, according to the National Arthritis Foundation. The foundation developed the low-impact exercise program taught by County Health District nurses Gia Markley and Becky Beiter, certified instructors.






"I've never been able to do aerobics," said Marilyn Knicely. "These low-impact exercises have helped me tremendously."

The workout reaches body parts from head to toe and most exercises can be performed from a sitting position.

The classes were funded with a $2,000 grant received by the Health District and administered by the Ohio Department of Health/Arthritis Program. The program ends next week.

It's was the desire of the instructors that participants learned what brings relief and begin practicing the exercises at home, Markley said.

Knicely said she plans to do just that.

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