Im preparing to work with a client with severe arthritis in her hands and wrists. Any website recommendations or trainer tips?
My client is a middle aged female with very limited range of motion to her wrists due to pain. She is very dedicated to controlling her condition. She is medication free and eats an amazing diet which helps reduce pain. We use medicine and exercise balls in workouts but I am looking for more. Any websites, or exercise tips are appreciated!
I, too, have one client whose hands a always very painful and who cannot easily grip anything. I sometimes use very soft fleece material and wrap it around dumbbells or straight bars to dissipate the pressure over a large area, and that works often, unless the arthritis is so severe on any given day that we have to scrap even that. I also use the straps, usually used for Pilates reformer leg circles, to wrap around her forearms/elbows, and that allows exercises like rowing.
There is also the option to look into the MELT Method hand treatment. If you just use the soft ball and go lightly, that may ease some pain and improve range of motion.
I wish you and your client good luck.
Arthritis is one of those tricky situatiins for trainers. Some sufferers experience chronic pain while others may only experience occasional flare-ups. As long as the client has been cleared medically to participate in exercise, I would focus on keeping them comfortable both during & after their workout. The exercises that trigger pain can vary from person to person, so monitor the individual and base your decisions on their personal response.
That being said, several of my clients have arthritis in their hands and wrists. One made her own padded cushion so that she can be comfortable in plank/pushup position on a regular floor. I find that a folded towel works well to give other clients support for similar exercises. Even a simple pair of weightlifting gloves may provide enough of a cushion for her to try new things. If bearing her full body weight is causing her increased discomfort, you could do many exercises on stairs, chairs or a wall to limit the load on those joints. I've found that paralettes (bars that are typically a few inches off the floor) can be helpful for some clients, but not all. Karen also makes great points about using straps as grip strength is often limited by this condition.
Keep trying new things, but have backup ideas in case the original plan doesn't work for her. I personally haven't used websites specific to this issue, but hope you find what you need. Best of luck!
I am not a personal trainer but do own a gym and have a loved one that I see battle rheumatoid arthritis daily. I do not know what kind of arthritis your client has, but IdeaFit has great resources. For a general article dealing with your question, go to "Training Clients with Arthritis":
I hope this helps!
What exercises and workouts are you asking about?
In general, let the good days dictate how much the client can do. A warm pool is super for arthritic client workouts.
Working with the doctors is also very helpful, as well as getting informed of what did and did not work in the past.
The MELT method is worth looking into.
It is always a good idea to program your workouts on science. Especially with populations who have disease. In this way it takes out a great measure of the guesswork.
All the best!
Think of how highly used this body part is AND there is prior medical complication involved. What are the session goals, genreal fitness or are there some theraputics involved?
Either way just to safe, make sure your insurance will cover you. I had an in-home client "suggest" escallation in his physical deterioration as a way for him to cease the program his wife hired me to build and work him through.
The thing I believed saved my @ss ws that I had always documented my personal programs and his wife was an honest lady who eased my mind and told my his whole senario.
Don't think you should try randomly solicited suggestions witht this. Not tryna be rude, jus say'n...
Protect yourself and reputation @ all cost. Re-think situation if you have to.