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Chair exercise class planned for arthritis sufferers 

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By Michelle Crean

Thousands in Kerry suffer from the debilitating condition arthritis and to help a special exercise class is planned in Killarney.

National Arthritis Week takes place next week with the theme this year 'Let's Get Physical!'

According to statistics one in five Irish people have arthritis, fibromyalgia or another related condition, representing 29,500 people out of a total population of 148,000, with 18 percent under 55 years of age, in the Kerry area.

The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland (KBAI) are now planning to pilot an initial six weeks aerobic, strength and conditioning chair exercise programme for people living with arthritis and other related conditions, Tom Barrett, chairman of KBAI, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"It will be delivered by a CORU Registered Chartered Physiotherapist on Thursday evening April 14 from 7pm to 8pm in the St John Paul ll Pastrol Centre, Rock Road, next to the Garda Station."

Inflammatory type arthritis is the most severe form of the disease affecting one percent of the population with in excess of 2,000 new diagnoses every year in Ireland. As a disease, arthritis accounts for one in three GP visits. Furthermore, approximately seven million days are lost each year due to absence and ill health attributable to musculoskeletal diseases, costing the State €300m in illness benefit.

"Arthritis is an invisible condition and patients are not walking around with tell-tale glowing red dots of where their joints or organs are affected by inflammation. They look perfectly healthy and at the same time they are suffering in silence. As there is no known cure, managing it as best one can is currently the only option available to people living with the condition."

The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland provide several specially adapted and supervised exercise programmes including hydrotherapy, aqua aerobics/aqua jogging, seated aerobic strength and conditioning, walking with Nordic and Activator Walking Poles, locally for people living with arthritis and other related conditions.

"We would like to highlight how important exercise is in the management of their condition and also highlight that help is available locally."

For more information check out The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland Facebook Page.

To book one of the limited places available please phone or text 087 6723442.

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Help reduce the appearance of cellulite  

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Needless to say we all know what cellulite looks like, but there are many ways to reduce its appearance and help us look and feel better about it.

Yes, people often assume it’s down to a weight issue but it is associated with diet and exercise. It can affect all ages, male and female. There are many ways to help reduce and eliminate it.

Nothing can substitute for eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. Just as with other signs of ageing, cellulite is best managed first and foremost by focusing on maintaining a healthy weight long term. But certain topical treatments may help it become less noticeable and improve skin’s overall appearance, if used regularly. Dry body brushing is one technique to try by brushing upwards every day towards the heart for increased blood circulation.

Using anti-cellulite products can help if you are doing regular exercise and watching your diet, but if you feel you need a boost to get you headed in the right direction, there is a few different salon treatments that can be of benefit.

The Universal Contour Body Wrap is a great treatment which results in inch loss due to the detoxing effect of the sea clay or also the Electro Cellulite Massage rollers (ECM) by CACI Machine, which is a 12-session course over four weeks, this is recommended for desired results.

Pilates is always an amazing lifestyle choice. Having the toning tables for the past 30 years in Killarney, we are lucky to hear the amazing results from our clients past and present. Some have even been with us since we started! The male and female reviews have reported reduced cellulite with weekly appointments, improved posture, increased energy and mostly reduced cellulite.

To book an appointment or to find out more information, call 064 6632966. 

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Car dealers are now hubs for Ukrainian donations

Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine. Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages […]

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Two Kerry-based car dealers are part of a national campaign to provide essential aid for Ukraine.

Donagh Hickey Motors in Rathmore and Adam’s of Tralee are the two local garages that have signed up for the project.

Under the scheme, the garages will be used as collection hubs for essential equipment that will be transported to the war torn country.

“We have a very large and loyal customer base and we are appealing through them to make donations,” Adam’s of Tralee General Manager, Marcus O’Shea, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Any dealer could have signed up for this but we are one of only two in Kerry to do so.”

The garages, following advice from humanitarian agencies in Ukraine, have created a very specific list of what is urgently needed out there.

These include generators, solar battery chargers, batteries, power banks, flashlights, drones and tablets.

Medical equipment like First Aid kits (NATO standard) and other medical items are also sought.

People can assist by either dropping goods to the two garages or by making a donation via www.safeharbourforukraine.org.

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