A survey has found that special training help patients suffering from arthritis to self-manage their illness. The survey was conducted by Arthritis Ireland. During the survey, the majority of the participants said that self-management approach to arthritis care had dramatically improved their quality of life.
A support group Living Well with Arthritis program has launched a special program where the arthritis patients are given workshop over non-medical interventions that can boost coping skills and improve the performance of medication to reduce pain and fatigue in the patients.
It has been informed that exercises for decreasing muscle tension and depression proves helpful for the arthritis patients. The group is providing training in distraction techniques, such as pleasant imagery, counting methods, and use of a focal point for diverting attention from the pain.
It is estimated that one in five people in Ireland are at the risk of being affected by arthritis. Arthritis is not an illness like obesity which could be prevented or treated by controlling diet. Moreover, the country doesn’t provide sufficient funding for the arthritis. Therefore, the program like Living Well with Arthritis program is of great help as it focuses upon self-management program.