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 (for pool based classes)
  • People with active inflammation

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

The following is our full 2018 programme 

Location Venue Type Start Date Status
Mountmellick, Co. Laois O'Connell Square Indoor  Mon. 5th March 6-7pm  
Young Arthritis Network Harolds’ Cross Pool Monday 5th March 5pm-6pm  
Drogheda, Co. Lough Barbican Centre Indoor Wed. 7th March 8-9pm   
Athenry, Co. Galway  Tranquillity Spa and Leisure Indoor Fri. 9th March 11am-12noon  
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.  Butterfield Wellness Clinic Pool Mon. 9th April 6pm-7pm  
Donegal Town Physio Éireann, Castle Street Indoor Thurs. 5th April 12noon to 1pm  
Kilrush, Co. Clare Kilrush Golf Club Indoor Fri. 13th April to 25th May 11am-12noon  
Mountmellick Co. Laois O'Connell Square  Indoor 14th May to 25th June 6-7pm   
Donegal Town Physio Éireann, Castle Street Indoor 23rd May to 27th June  
Barna, Co. Galway Physio Éireann, Indoor Thurs 24th May to 28th June 12-1pm  
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 Butterfield Wellness Clinic  Indoor Mon 11th June to 16th July 6-7pm  
Doonbeg, Co. Clare  Doonbeg Community Hall Indoor Wed. 20th June to 25th July 10 -11am  
Kilkenny Ossory Park Community Centre Indoor 6th Sept to 11th October 4 to 5pm BOOK HERE
Young Arthritis Network Harolds’ Cross Pool 3 September to 8th October BOOKED OUT
Miltown Malbay Miltown GAA Club Indoor 7th September to 12th October BOOKED OUT
Waterford WIDA Pool 11th Sept to 16th October 6 to 7pm BOOKED OUT
Mountmellick O'Connell Square Indoor 10 September to 15th October 6 to 7pm BOOK HERE 
Cork City Clayton Hotel Leisure Centre Pool Sept to October BOOKED OUT
Cork City Clayton Hotel Leisure Centre Pool October to November BOOKED OUT
South Dublin Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross Pool 11th October to 26 November BOOKED OUT 


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.

Arthritis Ireland also wishes to acknowledge the support of the Dept of Health National Lottery 2016 to 2018 grant allocation.


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