Portsmouth Hospital Rheumatology Patient Events To find out the most up to date programme of events taking place in Portsmouth, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02392 286 000. Local Exercises Classes in the Community People living with arthritis and/or connective tissue diseases often may worry that exercising or increasing levels of activity could harm their joints and cause more pain, however research shows that people can and should exercise when they have any form of arthritis and connective tissue disease. In fact, exercise is considered the most effective, non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement. What Exercises Work Best for Arthritis and/or Connective Tissue Diseases?Each of the following types of exercise plays a role in maintaining and improving the ability to move and function. Walking and aquatic exercises are particularly good for most people.Range of motion or flexibility exercisesRange of motion refers to the ability to move your joints through the full motion they were designed to achieve. These exercises include gentle stretching and movements that take joints through their full span. Doing these exercises regularly can help maintain and improve the flexibility in the joints.Aerobic/endurance exerciseThese exercises strengthen the heart and make the lungs more efficient. Aerobic exercise also reduces fatigue and builds stamina, while helping control weight by increasing the number of calories the body uses. Examples of this type of exercise includes walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming or using the elliptical machine.Strengthening exercisesThese exercises help maintain and improve muscle strength. Strong muscles can support and protect joints that are affected by arthritis and connective tissue diseasesIf you live in the Buckland and Somerstown area of Portsmouth, please click here for a list of local exercise classes the rheumatology team have recommended for anyone living with arthritis or connective tissue diseases. Rheumatology drop in sessions for Arthritis and Osteoporosis 2020 Come along and meet members of the Rheumatology Team so you can chat with us about arthritis, connective tissue diseases and osteoporosis. Rheumatology Nurse Specialists will also be available to provide you information about:– Medication used in Arthritis and Osteoporosis– Pain and arthritis and osteoporosis– Fatigue and arthritis– Self-management of arthritis and osteoporosis– Exercise and activity– Diet and healthy eating– Lifestyle choices and smoking, managing weight etc.– Sign post you to local support organisations and patient charities supporting people living with arthritis and osteoporosis The sessions are free and you don’t need to book. If you have any questions about the drop-in sessions email us at Rheumatology.Conference@porthosp.nhs.uk or telephone 02392286935.