Free online videos promoting the benefits of gentle exercise for people with arthritis have been launched by Bupa.
The videos – a first on the web for arthritis treatment - have been developed by doctors and physiotherapists at Bupa to counteract fears held by many people with arthritis that exercise may aggravate their condition.
In addition to general exercise, the series of five videos looks at joint-specific exercises, such as those for the knees, back, shoulders, wrists and hands. They all feature a person demonstrating the exercises and a Bupa physiotherapist who acts as a guide.
Annabel Bentley, assistant medical director at Bupa, said: ‘Gentle exercise can be enormously beneficial for people with arthritis, helping to ease symptoms, strengthen joints and increase mobility. Our online exercise videos are designed to make it easier to do the right exercises with someone to follow and guide you through.’
The videos are the first in a series of free online videos from Bupa designed to provide users with practical advice on relevant healthcare issues. Other videos will cover issues such as improving your health at work and give self-care advice, such as how to treat sprains and strains at home.