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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 479142, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/479142
Research Article

Moving with Ease: Feldenkrais Method Classes for People with Osteoarthritis

1Merri Community Health Services, Coburg, VIC 3058, Australia
2MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam, 1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital), The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia

Received 25 April 2013; Accepted 1 August 2013

Academic Editor: Andre-Michael Beer

Copyright © 2013 Robert Webb et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To investigate the effects of Feldenkrais Method classes on gait, balance, function, and pain in people with osteoarthritis. Design. Prospective study with pre-/postmeasures. Setting. Community. Participants. Convenience sample of 15 community-dwelling adults with osteoarthritis (mean age 67 years) attending Feldenkrais Method classes. Intervention. Series of Feldenkrais Method classes, two classes/week for 30 weeks. Main outcome measures: Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis scale, Human Activity Profile, stair climbing test, 6-minute walk test, timed up-and-go test, Four Square Step Test (4SST), gait analysis, and assessment of quality of life (AQoL). Results. Participants improved on the 4SST and on some gait parameters. They also reported a greater ease of movement. Conclusions. A 30-week series of Feldenkrais classes held twice per week was feasible in the community setting. The lessons led to improvements in performance of the four square step test and changes in gait.