Be Active with Arthritis- Exercise with a Chartered Physiotherapist

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Be Active with Arthritis is an Adapted Exercise Programme developed by Arthritis Ireland and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. This is a one hour class over 6 weeks directed by a chartered physiotherapist. There are two different types of courses that we provide, one water based and the other indoor. Places are limited to absolute maximum of 12 people per class depending on the venue. See below on how to book onto one of our 6 week adapted exercise course led by a physiotherapist. 

Pre-booking absolutely essential. Payment must be made in advance of the 1st class

 Water Exercise Programme

 Indoor Exercise Programme

 Programme Information


 Programme fee 

Water Exercise Programme: The adapted water exercise programme will provide a comfortable and effective way to exercise with arthritis because the joints and muscles are supported in water. 


  •  Water buoyancy greatly reduces pressure on the joints
  •  Relieves pain, assists movement and enables exercise that can otherwise be difficult
  •  Helps halt the progression of arthritis
  •  Social contact at classes allows people to meet others with similar problems – reducing depression and social isolation.

Indoor Exercise Programme: This programme will help to reduce pain and stiffness and maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength and functional ability. 

Two essential components to the programme will be included in every session:

  • Exercise — including range-of-motion and stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, balance and coordination activities, and endurance routines.
  •  Relaxation Activities — introducing and practicing various stress management techniques which are helpful for stress and pain reduction

Programme Information:

Regular exercise is proven to be one of the most effective treatments for arthritis. It reduces pain, keeps joints moving, restores flexibility and strength and protects joints against further damage. However, only 30% of the 915,000 people in Ireland with arthritis get enough exercise as overcoming fears about exercise can be very difficult – especially when in pain.

To attend these classes, participants will have to be independently mobile and a basic general health screening will be performed in advance of the class.

Participants are not advised to attend these classes if they have the following:

  • Poor balance
  • Unable to follow commands clearly
  • Poor water confidence
  • People with active inflammation

Fee - €36 for 6 classes. Payments to made in advance of the class

In 2018 we plan to deliver the course in different locations around the country. The full schedule will be published as courses are confirmed.

Location Venue Type Start Date Status
Letterkenny Aura Leisure Centre Pool Mon. 5th March 1.30pm BOOKED OUT
Mountmellick, Co. Laois O'Connell Square Indoor  Mon. 5th March 6-7pm BOOKED OUT
Young Arthritis Network Harolds’ Cross Pool Monday 5th March 5pm-6pm BOOKED OUT
Drogheda, Co. Lough Barbican Centre Indoor Wed. 7th March 8-9pm  Open
Athenry, Co. Galway  Tranquillity Spa and Leisure Indoor Fri. 9th March 11am-12noon BOOKED OUT
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.  Butterfield Wellness Clinic Pool Mon. 9th April 6pm-7pm BOOKED OUT
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.  Butterfield Wellness Clinic Pool TBC  
Donegal Town Physio Éireann, Castle Street Indoor Thurs. 5th April 12noon to 1pm Open
Kilrush, Co. Clare Kilrush Golf Club  Indoor  Fri. 13th April 11am-12noon  BOOKED OUT
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny  Ormond Hotel Pool Thurs. 11th May 3pm-4pm Booking opening in April
Waterford Edmund Rice Centre Land TBC  


To express your interest in the course and be notified about the published schedule please email your name, mobile number (optional), type of programme and preferable location to 

Arthritis Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and the Programme: Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.


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