Check out some recent stories of success and achievement from participants and partners in courses offered by the Southwest Missouri RAC.
To check out the stories, click here!
KY3 news recently aired a story on the SWRAC and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes. Please click on the link and take a look.
The Arthritis Toolkit
People with arthritis and fibromylgia can live a healthy life by actively managing the physical and emotional problems that come with their disease. The Arthritis Toolkit does not provide cures or miracles. Living a healthy life with a chronic disease is possible with good self-management!
The toolkit includes the basic building blocks for each inidividual to use in constructing a personal approach to the management of the disease through exercise, pain management, and relaxation. It encourages goal-setting, action-planning, proactive thinking, and acting ahead.
Each toolkit includes the following self-management tools:
The key to good self-management is learning skills and then practicing them. It will take practice. These are the elements that can help you design an individual program to restore some degree of control over the effects of the disease on the body and activities and live a healthier, happier, more comfortable life!
The Arthritis Toolkit is available through the Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center by calling 1-800-835-5197 or 417-820-3665.
The Southwest Missouri Regional Arthritis Center (SWRAC) is one of seven regional centers established in Missouri by the Department of Health.
The center is designed to offer arthritis education programs to community members, allied health professionals, and physicians. It is located at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Mo.
The SWRAC serves a 23-county area including: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright.
The mission of the Missouri Arthritis Project and the Regional Arthritis Centers is to reduce the burden of rheumatic disease by promoting optimal health and quality of life for all Missourians affected by arthritis, rheumatic diseases and related musculoskeletal conditions through prevention, early intervention, education, service and collaboration.
Services available at the Arthritis Center: