Recommended Reading

The following books might be very helpful as you search for more information about arthritis & exercise. They are linked the buying page for easy online purchasing or check for them at your local library.

Exercise Beats Arthritis : An Easy-To-Follow Program of Exercises
by Valerie Sayce, Ian Fraser
Based on the book that has sold more than 30,000 copies in Australia, “Exercise Beats Arthritis” offers an easy-to-follow daily regime of exercises designed to help arthritis sufferers keep their joints mobile, increase muscle strength, strengthen bones and ligaments, and improve overall quality of life.

The Arthritis Exercise Book : Gentle, Joint-By-Joint Exercises to Keep You Flexible and Independent
by Gwen, R.N.,B.S.N. Ellert, Barry Koehler
In addition to the good descriptions of arthritis, I found this book to be a great collection of exercises. A complete list of gentle exercises to increase range of motion, flexibility and strength are all described and illustrated in this little book. Shortly after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis I checked out an armload of arthritis books from my public library. The one that I liked the best was this common sense little volume. It is small enough to tuck into your suitcase and take on a trip or to leave on your chairside table as a reminder to do some of the exercises during the evening TV commercials. It has helped me and I highly recommend it for anyone who has been diagnosed with either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis : Stop Suffering, Start Moving
by Darlene Cohen
Cohen, who contracted rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 35, has developed her own movement therapy program which has brought her back to a fully functional life. Now she provides a helpful guide which divides everyday activities into a series of motions that loosen the entire body, from neck to feet, all while one goes about daily life at home or at work.
Arthritis : What Exercises Work
by Dava Sobel, Arthur C. Klein, John Bland, Arhtur Klein
Top-rated exercises from an unprecedented nationwide survey of arthritis sufferers. Derived from the survey participants’ experience, each exercise is explained and described in words and in diagrams so that even a beginner can put together an individualized exercise program that works.
The Arthritis Cure Fitness Solution
by Chanteil Miller, Brenda D. Adderly
Book Description:
From the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Arthritis Cure comes a fitness guide to ease the lives of tens of millions of arthritis sufferers. This guide is the result of painstaking and documented research that is organized in easy-to-read chapters. Brenda Adderly offers a common-sense approach to a powerful and enjoyable treatment that will enhance and improve the lives of those who suffer from arthritis and ultimately help halt or reverse degenerative osteoarthritis.

Fibromyalgia Simple Relief Through Movement
by Stacie Bigelow
Book Description:

Targeting mostly women between the ages of thirty-five and sixty, Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is an often-misunderstood condition that causes muscle pain, fatigue, and numerous other symptoms. Exercise and physical activity are recognized as the most effective methods to relieve the symptoms, but few people, including medical practitioners, know how to exercise without actually exacerbating the symptoms. Written by a motivational health counselor, Fibromyalgia presents clear and specific advice on how to safely and effectively use movement to ease the pain of FMS.