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. 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 2017 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
Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W Our Lady's Hospice Harolds Cross Young Arthritis Hydro Pool Mon 6th March 4.30 p.m.- 6.00 p.m. COMPLETED
Tallaght Rua Red Arts Centre Indoor Mon 12th Apr - 17th May 6-7 p.m. COMPLETED
Tallaght Rua Red Arts Centre Indoor Mon 12th Apr -17th May 7-8 p.m. COMPLETED
Drogheda, Co. Louth Barbican Centre, William Street, Ballsgrove,  Indoor Wed 19th April-24th COMPLETED
Cork City Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay Pool Tues 25th April - 30th May
7-8 p.m.
Co. Clare Doonbeg Community Centre  Land Fri 21st Jul - 25th Aug 11-12pm COMPLETED
Co. Kilkenny Ormonde Pool Fri 1st Sept - 6th Oct 3-4pm COMPLETED
Cork City Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay   Pool Tues 19th Sept 6.30-7.30p.m. COMPLETED
Macroom Co. Cork  Castle Hotel Pool  Pool Thurs 12th Oct  FULL



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 the Environment, Community and Local Government (now the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government) and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.


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