Walking On Air

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nordic Walking with Julia Mitchell

October 06, 2021 Mary Tweed Season 2 Episode 23
Walking On Air
Rheumatoid Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis and Nordic Walking with Julia Mitchell
Show Notes

In episode 23,  I’m talking to Julia Mitchell from Healthy Steps in Warwickshire, where she teaches Nordic Walking, Tai Chi and a healthy approach to life.  Twenty years ago, Julia was a busy IT executive, but then a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects the spine, forced her to reassess her priorities. In this episode Julia and I discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis a long-term autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.  Typically there are periods when symptoms become worse, known as flare ups that cause damage to the joints.  These flare ups are unpredictable. Today we particularly focus on Ankylosing Spondylitis, often known as AS, and we will learn from Julia’s experiences how Nordic Walking can be of benefit.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Organisations in the UK:
NRAS
Versus Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Organisations in USA
Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation

 This weekend is a fundraising weekend and the campaign is called ‘Step forward for AS’ so really appropriate for Nordic walking. Step forward for AS | National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (nass.co.uk)

Homepage | National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (nass.co.uk)


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I'm Mary Tweed, a British Nordic Walking instructor with Nordic Walking East Anglia. If you wish to share your story, do get in touch by emailing hello@walkingonairpodcast.co.uk

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