Feldenkrais Method for Osteoarthritis

Research Article

Moving with Ease: Feldenkrais Method Classes for People with Osteoarthritis

Objective. To investigate the effects of Feldenkrais Method classes on gait, balance, function, and pain in people with osteoarthritis.

Design. Prospective study with pre-/postmeasures. Setting. Community. Participants. Convenience sample of 15 communitydwelling adults with osteoarthritis (mean age 67 years) attending Feldenkrais Method classes.

Intervention. Series of Feldenkrais Method classes, two classes/week for 30 weeks. Main outcomemeasures: WesternOntario 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).

Results. Participants improved on the 4SST and on some gait parameters.They also reported a greater ease of movement.

Conclusions. A 30-week series of Feldenkrais classes held twice per week was feasible in the community setting. The lessons led to improvements in performance of the four square step test and changes in gait.

Robert Webb,1 Luis Eduardo Cofré Lizama,2 andMary P. Galea3 1 Merri Community Health Services, Coburg, VIC 3058, Australia 2 MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam, 1081 BT Amsterdam,The Netherlands 3 Department ofMedicine (RoyalMelbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia Correspondence should be addressed to Mary P. Galea; m.galea@unimelb.edu.au Received 25 April 2013; Accepted 1 August 2013 Academic Editor: Andre-Michael Beer Copyright © 2013 RobertWebb et al.This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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