Tai Chi From The Arthritis Foundation Demo at Perrysburg Commons

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Residents of Perrysburg Commons can watch a demonstration of Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation on August 6th. The new program is designed to increase flexibility and reduce the pain of arthritis.

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Residents of Perrysburg Commons will have an opportunity to learn about a new program from the Arthritis Foundation on August 6, 2004. Cindy Binkley, RKT and administrator of CPW Rehab, will demonstrate Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation®, a new program designed to help arthritis sufferers increase flexibility and decrease pain. Ms. Binkley will be joined in the demonstration by Cherie Chatrea-Grifo, health promotion director for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis is one of the nation’s most prevalent chronic health problems. In 2002, 70 million Americans (1 in 3 adults) were diagnosed with arthritis or chronic joint problems. “Half of the people suffering with arthritis don’t think anything can be done to help them,” said Cindy Binkley, RKT and administrator of CPW Rehab. “Yet regular exercise is one of the things that can be done to reduce the impact of arthritis on everyday life,” stated Ms. Binkley. CPW Rehab (Central Park West Rehabilitation Center), a Toledo area physical rehabilitation facility, has just added Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation® to its schedule of medical fitness classes. CPW Rehab’s Tai Chi classes will be held on Wednesdays from 12:15 -1:00 pm.

CPW Rehab has special experience with the issues, needs and concerns of older adults and provides speakers for area retirement communities and senior centers on a regular basis.

“Aging is a normal process,” said Ms. Binkley. “Yet age-related physiological changes can be misunderstood and often unnecessarily limit an older adult's daily activities,” she continued. Ms. Binkley believes that educating the public about the range of therapies and programs available to them is an important part of her job as a kinesiotherapist. CPW Rehab works closely with the Northwestern Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation in promoting programs and services designed to assist arthritis sufferers. More than half CPW Rehab’s patients and clients are 65 years and older. Many struggle with the challenges of arthritis. CPW Rehab offers several arthritis management classes as part of its Medical Fitness Program.

Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation® is based on the Australian Tai Chi for Arthritis program, which was designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. The program utilizes the Sun style of Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. “This program is really effective for people with arthritis because the exercises help decrease pain and stiffness and improve mobility, breathing and relaxation,” said Ms. Binkley. The program consists of twelve movements (6 basic and 6 advanced), a warm up and a cool down. The program is designed to provide continual challenge by reversing direction once participants become familiar with the movements.

About CPW Rehab

CPW Rehab provides physical therapy, aquatic therapy and kinesiotherapy to NW Ohio and SE Michigan. Originally opened as Southwyck Rehabilitation Services in 1987, the clinic was one of the first facilities in the area to include on-site aquatic therapy in its traditional physical rehabilitation services.

The facility's full size rehabilitative pool is heated to 94º and equipped with both ramp and hydraulic chair lift. CPW Rehab is handicapped-accessible with convenient, well-lit parking and convenient access to both pool and clinic within the same building. In addition to older adults, injured workers, athletes and individuals with orthopedic and neurological injuries benefit from the range of therapeutic programs the facility offers. For more information, visit http://www.cpwrehab.com or call 419.841.9622.


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