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Lorena Smalley

Each month we are excited to share news, resources, webinars, and more from the Arthritis Society of Canada.  If you or someone you know is living with arthritis, we encourage you to visit their website to see the resources they have available.  https://arthritis.ca/


Arthritis Talks, the Arthritis Society’s signature webinar series, brings current, evidence-based information straight from the experts directly to you.  Covering a range of topics related to lifestyle, medications, surgery, and various types of arthritis – you’ll feel more empowered and able to tackle the challenges that come with arthritis after watching a live webinar or viewing a recording.


Arthritis Talks: Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jun 5, 2024 06:00 PM

Join Dr. Stephanie Garner at this Arthritis Talks webinar, as she shares insights into the early signs, proper diagnosis, effective treatment and many more of your questions on rheumatoid arthritis (RA). You’ll learn: – What is rheumatoid arthritis and its symptoms? – How is RA diagnosed? – Does RA affect your quality of life and life expectancy? – What are some recommended treatments for RA? – What are the latest advancements in RA research and treatments
If you have any questions that you would like to submit in advance or if you would like to have an Arthritis Society Canada volunteer help guide you through connecting to a webinar please email arthritistalks@arthritis.ca.

Click here to register and ARTHRITIS CANADA’s website for more information about their webinars



Arthritis Pain Management Guide – CLICK HERE to learn more about arthritis pain and how to manage it to live well with the condition.


Osteoarthritis -Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It affects more Canadians than all other forms of arthritis combined. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease of the whole joint that leads to the breakdown of joint cartilage and the underlying bone.  CLICK HERE for information, resources, and tools to help you manage your osteoarthritis symptoms and improve function.


Rheumatoid Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that can affect multiple joints in the body. RA is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system—which normally functions to protect us against infections—mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints.  The cause of this malfunctioning immune system is still unknown and while there is no cure for RA, there are some very effective medications and therapies to control the symptoms and results of the inflammation.   CLICK HERE for information, resources, tips on self-management and more


Health & Wellness – CLICK HERE  for health and wellness advice, self-management tips, inspirational stories, and much more to help you live well and flourish when living with arthritis.


The Arthritis Canada website has some amazing videos and articles on how to flourish while living with arthritis.  Below are some of our favorites from their website


Yoga for arthritis: introduction to breathing – Julia McNally (creator of The RA Yogi Youtube channel), a certified yoga instructor and chair yoga instructor living with rheumatoid arthritis, has partnered with Arthritis Society Canada to bring you Yoga for Arthritis, a 6-episode yoga series adapted for people living with arthritis or other mobility issues.  CLICK HERE to watch the video


Tai Chi to Help Arthritis – Tai Chi is a commonly recommended exercise for people with arthritis because it is low-impact and can help you improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Sometimes referred to as “moving meditation,” Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese mind-body practice that focuses on performing slow, controlled movements with an attention to your breath. It can help with chronic pain management as well as promote relaxation and mental well-being.  CLICK HERE to watch the video


20-Minute Warm-Up For The Joints – Certified yoga instructor and chair yoga instructor for arthritis, Julia McNally (The RA Yogi), guides participants through a 20-minute yoga warm-up for the joints to help ease stiffness and pain. Participants have the option to remain seated during the entire session. CLICK HERE to watch the video


Yoga for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Like other forms of physical activity, yoga can cause the release of your body’s own painkillers called endorphins. Yoga typically combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga can strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, reduce muscle tension and help you to relax.  CLICK HERE to watch the video


Introduction to Exercise for Osteoarthritis – Advanced Practice Physiotherapist Suzanne Denis provides an overview of osteoarthritis and how exercise and physical activity can help.  She explains the difference between physical activity and exercise, outlines some basic exercise principles, addresses common barriers to getting active, as well as provides tips to help you get started.   CLICK HERE to watch the video


Arthritis on the Move: Nordic Walking – For many people with arthritis, Nordic walking can be a safe and fun way to get fit, stay active and retain your mobility. Nordic walking can help just about anyone, especially people with lower body issues such as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis of the knees, hips or ankles, as well as people who are recovering from or awaiting joint surgery. In this video you will learn about the different types of Nordic walking poles, different techniques for using the poles, and general tips to keep you safe and get the most out of using Nordic walking poles to help live well with arthritis. CLICK HERE to watch the video

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