Arthritis  is a long term illness that causes pain and inflammation in joints and muscles and affects over 10 million people in the UK. Although it is seen as an older person’s condition, it actually affects people of all ages including children.
Arthritis Care  is a UK wide charity with over 250 local support groups. The groups are run by volunteers and provide a network of support, fundraising and social activities for arthritis suffers and their families and friends.
CTC’s Cycling Development Officer, Beccy Marston went along to the Cannock branch  meeting to give a talk on the benefits of cycling for arthritis pain relief and to help keep joints moving. Many of the group enjoyed reminiscing about riding a bike as youngsters and had no idea of the kinds of adapted bikes available that meant they could still benefit from cycling. The group were sold by the idea and decided to visit CTC’s adapted bike fleet based in Wolverhampton.
Targeting arthritis sufferers is a new area of work for CTC so we hope to expand the number of Arthritis Care member groups using our bikes around the UK.
"We had a great morning and managed to find a bike to suit most people. I think people were surprised by just how much cycling they were able to do, which is always great to see. Targeting arthritis sufferers is a new area of work for CTC so we hope to expand the number of Arthritis Care member groups using our bikes around the UK. The Cannock Branch has already booked their second session," said CTC Cycling Development Officer, Beccy Marston.
Anne Wearing, a member of the group who has severe arthritis managed to use one of the hand cycles at the session and is working towards achieving full leg turning motion after a knee replacement operation so she can ride one of the tricycles this summer.
CTC has been helping people with a wide range of health issues over the last few years from stroke and cardiac recovery, to obesity issues to mental health issues. Cycling is one of the lowest impacting exercises and has the benefit of being a social activity that can be enjoyed as a group in the outdoors. To find your nearest adapted bike fleet take a look at our map of inclusive cycling sites around the UK.