If you're living with arthritis we have some helpful announcements to pass on for you.
"At Arthritis ACT we have heard your feedback about needing more services," the organisation says.
Their three newest services include easy access to physiotherapy, specially-designed My Exercise programs, and a collaboration with Capital Nordic Walking.
"We now have a dedicated physiotherapist who can see you privately for all your pain, rehabilitation, prevention of injury and sports injury support," Arthritis ACT said.
"We have appointments on the northside and coming soon appointments will also be available on the southside."
My Exercise (ME)
"This year we have also launched ME," they recently announced.
This consists of "a range of body part specific exercise programs which can help you build up on those parts of you that are causing you problems, whilst also ensuring the rest of you is also working properly."
ME includes back pain classes, lower limb classes, GLA:D osteoarthritis program for hip and knee, upper body classes as well as hydrotherapy.
GLA:D, which stands for "Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark," explains Arthritis ACT's website.
The GLA:D "program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain," the website's description adds.
Arthritis ACT is now working in collaboration with Capital Nordic Walking, and as part of this they have staff qualified to teach you how to Nordic walk.
Nordic walking uses poles to engage almost the entire body, enlisting more of your skeletal muscles as well as reducing the peak loads placed on your joints.
"We have community walks all over Canberra you can join us at as well to help you to meet up with fellow enthusiasts."