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By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of AgricultureOct. 3, 2019
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LITTLE ROCK – Individuals with chronic pain may find their condition worsening if
they fail to keep moving. The Cooperative Extension Service wants to help them manage
their pain, by providing a low impact exercise class designed to relax and rejuvenate
Move with Ease is funded by a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Agriculture Department,
and is being offered in Clark, Clay, Hot Spring, Polk and White counties. The grant
is meant to provide alternatives to opioids for those living with, and trying to manage,
“Research has shown that movement can help pain sufferers in many ways,” said Addie
Wilson, extension program associate-health, for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture. “Movement helps maintain muscle tone and muscle mass, increases
flexibility and helps strengthen the structures that support our joints.”
She said the program’s low impact movements are based on a form of yoga that has shown
to be effective in managing pain.
“The chronic pain we are targeting is that experienced in the joint and deep tissue,”
Wilson said. “When the body experiences chronic pain, the muscles become tense. This
tension blocks access to the deep tissue where a source of the chronic pain can reside.
“The program enables participants to practice poses that give the body time to relax
and rejuvenate,” Wilson said. “This also can help participants improve their range
of motion and flexibility – helping to prevent a permanent loss of mobility.”
The program runs six weeks, with two sessions a week. It features a structured progression
enabling those who have difficulty moving to begin slowly practicing the poses with
supports such as blocks, bolsters, and blankets to accommodate their bodies.
There is no cost to attend. Those who are interested should contact their county extension
office to find out start dates and locations. Participants should have consent from
their medical provider. Modifications are offered for exercises in the program,
and the exercises may be tailored to individual needs and fitness level.
County agents offering the program are Kristal Draper in Hot Spring County, Bridgett
Martin in Polk County, Debbie Baker in Clay County, JoAnn Vann in Clark County and
Katie Cullum in White County.
To learn about Move With Ease or other wellness programs, contact your county Cooperative
Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter at @uaex_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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