Arthritis is a fairly common condition which causes joints to become inflamed and painful. It can affect just one, or many joints in the body. There are over one hundred types of arthritis, but the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some form of arthritis, but it’s most common in women and as people get older.
Physical Activity with Arthritis
Arthritis causes swelling, pain and stiffness in affected joints, all of which can make physical exercise a challenge. Sufferers often find they have limited mobility in arthritic joints, and can experience intense pain on movement.
Frustratingly symptoms may come and go, meaning those with arthritis might feel able to exercise gently some days, but struggle to manage on others. Symptoms often become worse over time and in severe cases, result in chronic pain, an inability to do daily activities and difficulty in walking or climbing stairs.
Cycling for Arthritis
Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise for arthritis sufferers. Unlike sports and activities that subjects damaged joints to full body weight, cycling takes away the weight-bearing strain, reducing painful pressure and wear and tear on the joints.
Tomcat trikes allow people with arthritis to get all the benefits of exercise through cycling. The smooth regular rotation of the pedals removes harmful impact on affected joints and the work required to pedal is gentle and easy to manage, regardless of the severity of symptoms each day.
Bikes for Arthritis need to be comfortable. Each Tomcat is immensely adjustable. Firstly, the design of the machine can be made to facilitate the individual range of movement of each customer. Next, Tomcat’s low-sitting trikes are ideal for stiff limbs as seating is at a more convenient height than recumbent or semi-recumbent bikes. And finally, a series of innovative Tomcat options makes getting on and off the trike a series of easily achievable steps. A Swivel Saddle, Sliding Seat and Telescopic Cranks all make it easy to mount, dismount and adjust, whilst an eight speed hub and a pedal assisted electric drive with six power settings can offer the ideal level of assistance you need on those challenging days.