Cox Monett Hospital offers a great way for area community members to find relief from arthritis or joint pain through its weekly PACE exercise classes.
Class sessions guide participants through gentle routines that include stretching and strengthening, breathing activities and range of motion and fitness exercises.
"We have approximately 12 to 20 people who come to the class," said Lauren Holland, wellness educator with Cox Monett. "Alot come to socialize while they workout and then go to the senior center to eat."
The classes consist mostly of Monett, Verona, Pierce City and Purdy residents who come for a variety of health reasons such as arthritis, shoulder problems and moderate to severe joint pain. Some attendees have been referred by their physician after having had foot or knee surgery, Holland said.
Although the official name changed about a year ago to the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, the PACE program continues its original motto of "People with Arthritis Can Exercise."
|Cox Monett Hospital is the only facility that holds these particular classes, which have been available to area community members for about five years.|
|Pat McCaffrey, of Monett, has been coming to the classes for the past three years after having foot surgery.||"I have always walked (for exercise)," McCaffrey said. "Because of the class, I have more strength and better balance. I love the class."|
All class instructors are certified through the Arthritis Foundation. The instructor guides participants through the various exercises while also helping them focus on breathing and posture techniques.
Class participants are also given a folder that contains detailed instructions, along with purpose and precautions, on 72 different exercises that can be done at home.
Classes are held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in Conference Room A at Cox Monett Hospital. The cost is $1 per class. Additional information about the class can be obtained by calling 236-2596.