Dancing is a great way for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) to have fun whilst exercising. Dancing improves stamina, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
- Ensure you choose a class with a qualified teacher.
- If you are concerned or have special needs, tell the teacher about your condition and discuss any individual problems before the class so that the teacher can help you adapt or modify movements.
- Have regular checks with your physiotherapist to monitor your progress.
- Choose a dance form that you enjoy to keep you motivated and active.
- If you are concerned about pain and joint swelling, discuss this with your doctor or physiotherapist before you start classes.
This is general advice for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), but individuals may have specific problems. Always speak to your doctor or physiotherapist before you start a new form of exercise.
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