Moving with Ease: Feldenkrais Method Classes for People with Osteoarthritis - research study

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Health

A study by Robert Webb, Luis Eduardo Cofré Lizama and Mary P. Galea.

Congratulations to AFG members Robert Webb and Prof Mary Galea on the recent publication of research investigating the effects of the Feldenkrais Method on people with osteoarthritis. This work is a benefit to all our members and the broader community. The objective of the study was to investigate the effects of Feldenkrais Method classes on gait, balance, function, and pain in people with osteoarthritis. 15 participants (with a mean age of 67) participated in two classes a week for 30 weeks. A number of outcome measures were used, including the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis scale, Human Activity Profile, stair climbing test, 6-minute walk test, timed up-and-go test, Four Square Step Test (4SST), gait analysis, and assessment of quality of life (AQoL).

Participants reported a greater ease of movement and improved on the 4SST and on some gait parameters. To find out more, please read the complete study attached as a pdf.