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  • Guidelines (Position Paper)
    1 Early and Effective Interventions A significant amount of staff ill health stems from common musculoskeletal disorders that are receptive to early effective intervention enabling staff to return to work quickly and benefiting the individual the employer and the state A workstream of the Coalition should engage with the relevant health and social protection areas to develop early and effective intervention guidelines The key goal of the Workstream should be to develop and propose nationally agreed service standards for early intervention The Coalition proposes that intervention is made as soon as possible This should be done with the consent of the employee and employer working in a collaborative manner Cost effective solutions need to be explored whereby every employer has access to an outsourced occupational health facility that ensures a Case Manager is assigned to each employee Best practice suggests that this service along the lines of a primary care centre would service a number of companies collectively and may cover a population cluster of approximately 3 000 employees The Case Manager in the care centre would be the central link between employee employer and local medical infrastructure especially the local GP The GP should still continue to be the advocate for the patient The Coalition recognises that the primary initial point of contact with the employee is their own GP Therefore it is proposed that a complete review of sickness certification be carried out with the Irish College of General Practitioners ICGP The aim of such a review is to facilitate a more coordinated approach to support more informed and appropriate intervention decisions The Coalition recognises that Data Protection laws are in place to protect the privacy of the employee The Workstream should explore and recommend ways and means of funding this service Collaboration between insurers and employers to

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  • Our Supporters
    broad based health care company that works in the field of musculoskeletal disorders and rheumatology and researches and markets molecules specific to treating rheumatoid arthritis Irish Life is an insurance company that provides solutions to help customers plan for their

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  • Working with Arthritis
    that I am able to do and get back to work in an area that suits me Grace Cafolla Like Grace you too can avail of Working with Arthritis a FREE one to one Occupational Therapy Service in your own community that is fully tailored to YOUR needs Offer is exclusive to people aged 18 65 in Cavan Donegal Galway Laois Leitrim Louth Longford Mayo Monaghan Offaly Roscommon Sligo and

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  • Exercise Information
    to be a vital part of managing arthritis As well as reducing pain and inflammation keeping active improves joint support and lubrication helps with weight control and has many other health benefits Benefits Getting Started Exercise Types By Arthritis Type

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  • Benefits
    your knees by 4kg By increasing physical activity you can make a difference to your joints and overall health Along with your current treatment programme regular moderate exercise offers a whole host of benefits including Reduces your joint pain and stiffness Strengthens the muscles ligaments and cartilage around your joints Helps you maintain bone strength and quality Increases your joint range of motion and joint mobility Improves your balance Gives

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  • Getting Started
    your plans Have a plan B in place and know when rest is the better plan Do what you enjoy Your chances of sticking with an activity will be far greater if it is something you like that feels good or excites you or that makes you feel happy while you re doing it Also if you keep it simple you re more likely to keep at it How much can I do Be as active as your ability allows and set goals to help you achieve the adultguidelines 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days of the week You can do 30 minutes continuously or combine several 10 to 15 minute sessions If you have not exercised for a while you may need to start with shorter sessions and build up slowly Talk to your doctor or a physiotherapist about getting started to help you avoid an injury through over doing it Don t forget that activities such as gardening playing with pets or taking the stairs rather than the lift can also count as exercise Whether your activity is moderate or vigorous the goal is to keep moving Examples of moderate activity include Brisk walking a kilometre in 12 15 minutes Medium paced swimming Water aerobics Cycling slower than 15km per hour Ballroom dancing General gardening Knowing Your Limits It can be hard to predict how your body will cope with a new activity During the first couple of weeks of a new routine you can expect to feel some increase in discomfort because muscles are probably being worked in a way they are unaccustomed to However if an exercise hurts especially in the joint itself stop doing it and check with a GP or physiotherapist before you try that particular exercise again Generally if you have finished exercising and an hour later you are still aching or feeling more than when you started you may have overdone it a bit Other signs of overdoing it are persistent fatigue decreased range of movement increased joint swelling and continuing pain If you experience any of these symptoms seek immediate advice from a doctor or physiotherapist Don t be put off Next time slow down do less and build the routine up gradually When can I be active It doesn t matter when you exercise as long as you do so regularly If possible try to exercise when your pain fatigue and stiffness levels are at their lowest and when your medicines are at their most effective Remember that painkillers can mask pain so be careful not to push too far until you know what your limits are During a Flare Up Some people with certain forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis experience what is known as a flare up a time when inflammation is suddenly more active and pain swelling and stiffness get worse Flare ups can last from a couple of days up to a few weeks It is important to keep doing

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  • Exercise Types
    only mildly painful cut the repetitions in half and increase their number only very gradually If the joint you are exercising is hot swollen and painful do not perform strengthening exercises without first consulting your health care provider Aerobic Aerobic just means exercise that raises your heart rate and makes you breathe a little harder than when you are stationary This form helps with your overall fitness and is also known as endurance or cardiovascular exercise It uses the body s large groups of muscles in continuous motion Aerobic exercise burns off calories speeds up the body s metabolism helps maintain a strong heart and helps muscles work more effectively It also helps control and reduce weight improves sleep strengthens bones reduces depression and builds up stamina Begin any exercise by stretching to warm up To get any benefit aerobic exercise must be done for a prolonged period 20 30 minutes two to three times a week These exercises done correctly and consistently will provide some relief from the pain of arthritis help with good posture and increase your energy and vitality Forms of aerobic activities There are so many aerobic activities so it is advisable to find at least one that is both enjoyable and appropriate for your joints The best forms of low impact aerobic exercise for people with arthritis are walking cycling and swimming These are all discussed below in more detail Other popular aerobic activities include golf without a buggy gardening vacuuming and low impact dancing Walking For people with arthritis walking puts less stress on your joints and is considered to be much better and safer than running Walking allows you to stretch your back leg muscles and joints that can become stiff from sitting Walking is also relatively inexpensive all you need is a good pair of walking shoes that have flexible soles and provide adequate arch support Another benefit of walking is that it can be done at almost any time in any place If you have hip knee ankle or foot problems it is important to confirm with your healthcare provider that this is an appropriate activity for you Swimming water activities Water activities are helpful because your bodyweight is supported and moving through the water adds resistance This boosts muscle strength and endurance Activities such as stretching or walking through water can exercise the joints without putting them under strain The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water make it an ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness You don t have to be a good swimmer to exercise in water You can use the shallow end of the pool hold on to the side or use a flotation device Since exercising in water is relatively easy you may be tempted to overdo it If you re in an aquafit class start off slowly and don t try to compete with the more experienced participants or keep up with the music Hydrotherapy Gentle exercise can be carried out in hydrotherapy

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  • By Arthritis Type
    help to maintain a healthy weight which will reduce the strain on certain joints Develop a moderate exercise programme a strenuous programme may cause more pain and possibly accelerate deterioration It is advisable to do range of movement exercises every day on every joint The regime should not increase your levels of pain beyond the two hour rule Never force a painful joint Click here to download the Living with Osteoarthritis information booklet Rheumatoid Arthritis A successful exercise regime requires a balance of rest and activity for people with rheumatoid arthritis Exercise when levels of pain fatigue and stiffness are at their least Do range of movement exercises at least once a day If done in the morning they help ease morning stiffness Strengthening exercises are important to build muscle to protect and support joints Low impact aerobic exercises such as swimming and cycling are good for people with rheumatoid arthritis Always maintain good posture Click here to download the Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis information booklet Exercise is also beneficial for people with fibromyalgia increasing fitness levels improving sleep and helping them cope with pain better Vigorous exercise makes some people with fibromyalgia worse low to moderate aerobic and strengthening

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