Arthritis Specialist


Personal Training, Medical Fitness & Weight Loss Center located in New Rochelle, NY

Is the pain and stiffness from your arthritis making it hard for you to keep up with your daily life? Would you like to get to the root of the problem and get back to doing the things you love? Have you been told that you need surgery? Need a second unbiased opinion? Rui Mateus and the team of medical exercise specialists at NY FITPROS in New Rochelle, New York, can help. They offer medically-based exercise and lifestyle wellness programs that are comprehensive, non-drug solutions that help manage your arthritis pain and symptoms. To learn more about non-drug arthritis pain solutions and how they can help you deal with your specific symptoms, call NY FITPROS at 914-355-5930 or book online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general medical term that includes any pain, stiffness, or swelling that affects your joints. Over 100 conditions are classified as arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis. These conditions are common, and they tend to worsen over time.  

But there's hope. The team of medical exercise specialists at NY FITPROS provides medical-protocol based exercise that's safe and appropriate, as well as nutrition programs that are specific to arthritis. Their holistic programs are comprehensive solutions that can reduce your arthritis, increase your level of function, and improve your overall health. 

The exercise professionals are experts at working with clients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and many other degenerative joint diseases, helping them reduce joint pain, improve their ability to move, and to enhance their overall health and quality of life.  

Is exercise as effective for arthritis as prescription medication?

YES! The benefits of exercise and physical activity are indisputable. Decades of research have shown that exercise is often more effective than prescribed medication in the prevention and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other degenerative joint diseases.  

In an era of ever-increasing health care costs, guiding patients toward exercise and increased activity may be the ultimate low-cost therapy for achieving improved medical outcomes involving arthritis.  

Exercise has been proven to provide health benefits for all individuals, regardless of their body weight or age. Regular physical activity and a healthy diet are crucial for long-term weight management, allowing for the prevention of chronic medical conditions. In particular, strengthening muscles, joints, and related connective tissue, combined with stretching, results in joint stabilization, which is fundamental in alleviating arthritis pain and other symptoms. 

If Exercise is Medicine®, how much do I need?

Exercise is Medicine® is a health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Its goal is to make regular exercise, physical activity, and fitness assessments a standard in clinical care and connecting healthcare with evidence-based exercise programs and professionals.

The medical exercise specialists at NY FITPROS utilizes the latest edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Prescriptions. As a result, they adhere to essential dosage guidelines and provide the most current recommendations for exercise specific for arthritis. They also provide all the guidance and support needed to allow individuals to prioritize their health.  

What happens during an exercise evaluation for my arthritis?

NY FITPROS medical exercise specialists serve as health care extenders who utilize scientific rationale and medical protocols to design, administer, and supervise exercise testing and therapeutic training programs for individuals with chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Upon referral to the NY FITPROS Total Joint and Arthritis Program, the patient must undergo an initial consultation that includes a pre-participation screening to determine their health and fitness level, including an evaluation of their medical history. This process allows them to provide the appropriate Medical Exercise Training (MET), and prevent medically-unstable clients from entering the program.

At NY FITPROS, the team does not rely on trial-and-error.  Instead, they use the latest methods and tools to thoroughly assess your body's significant functional aspects to determine the right exercise program for you. Their SMART START Health and Fitness Assessment establishes your baseline fitness level, allowing them to assess your current capacity and exercise capability. Ultimately, the results will show whether you require professional one-on-one MET training, or qualify for a group-based program.

The SMART START Health and Fitness Assessment evaluates:

  • Posture
  • 11-Point Musculoskeletal Screening
  • Cardiopulmonary Fitness
  • Push-Pull Strength 
  • Joint Biomechanics
  • Functional Movement Pattern

How does Medical Exercise Training positively impact my arthritis?

The SMART START Health and Fitness Assessment evaluates muscular imbalances by analyzing the patient's postural and functional movement. 

Benefits of postural realignment include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved muscle control and performance
  • Injury prevention through increased protection of the back
  • A more stable center of gravity 
  • Enhanced self-esteem

After cross-referencing the data with the expressed pain symptoms, they develop an individualized care program. As the body moves back into alignment through exercise and stretching, noticeable improvements will be seen in the involved joints and throughout the musculoskeletal system, leading to further advances in the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. Ultimately, the realignment contributes to a significant reduction in muscle aches, nerve pain, joint pain, and an overall improvement in functional capacity and quality of life.

What types of exercises can help my arthritis?

The principle of Medical Exercise Training (MET) is developing a safe, effective, protocol-based exercise program for clients with medical conditions such as arthritis. MET improves upon strength, flexibility, balance, cardiovascular fitness, functional conditioning, and lifestyle education to manage their patients' medical needs. 

NY FITPROS Total Joint and Arthritis Program is exclusively administered by medical exercise specialists who receive advanced medical-based training to design personalized medical fitness programs that address your body's unique needs.

What are the benefits of managing my arthritis with exercise?

When left unchecked, arthritis will continuously cause damage to the joints, resulting in chronic pain. However, intervention with proper strengthening exercises, regular stretching, and tailored dietary changes can halt the disease's progression.  

Strengthening improves muscle control, which enhances joint mechanics leading to improved joint stability and reduced pain.  As pain and stiffness diminish, quality of life increases exponentially.  

Can Medical Exercise Training help with my joint pain?

Focusing on proper body mechanics, muscle strengthening, joint stability, and flexibility through MET can alleviate pain symptoms. Combined with a monitored diet grounded in healthy nutrition, NY FITPROS Total Joint and Arthritis Program has had extraordinary results in reducing patients' joint pain, fatigue, and stiffness levels.

What is a Medical Exercise Solution for Arthritis?

The NY FITPROS Medical Exercise Solution (MXS) for Total Joint & Arthritis references guidelines from The Arthritis Foundation, The American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Academy Of Health Fitness and Rehabilitation Professionals (AAHFRP). It provides a multimodal approach that includes safe and appropriate exercise combined with nutritional coaching, healthy lifestyle training, stretching, massage, yoga, and meditation for individuals referred through their affiliate healthcare provider network. 

The five-tiered medical protocol consists of the following components:

  1. Flexibility and mobility building techniques: stretches muscles and mobilizes joints to foster comfortable movement throughout the day.
  2. Strength training targeting involved muscles and joints: minimizes further joint damage, optimizes shock absorption, and improves balance and durability.
  3. Cardiovascular exercises: improves the efficiency of the heart and lungs for improved sleep, stress reduction, and weight control.
  4. Balance and proprioception training: increases kinesthetic coordination and agility.  
  5. Lifestyle coaching: the "dos and don'ts" of living with your condition

Specialty areas include:

  • Lifestyle coaching 
  • Small group, condition-specific training
  • A customized weight loss and nutrition program
  • An advanced MyZone heart monitor with smartphone APP access for exercise optimization
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • Massage therapy

Your medical fitness program is based upon your SMART START Assessment results, which is the industry's most advanced health and fitness evaluation. It determines your current capacity and capabilities to engage in exercise and physical activity while highlighting your body's specific needs to perform at its best potential. 

Can my doctor refer me for a medical exercise solution?

YES! NY FITPROS can communicate and collaborate fully with your doctor, and you can also choose to work with one of their associate medical providers.

Can losing weight improve my arthritis pain?

It is common to experience difficulty losing weight when you suffer from arthritis pain that limits your mobility. Besides, carrying extra body weight may worsen your arthritis pain – a vicious cycle.

The team at NY FITPROS understands the strong connection between the inflammation and joint pain associated with arthritis, your diet's makeup, and your overall weight. The medical exercise specialists at NY FITPROS are weight-loss experts; they take an individualized and evidence-based approach to weight loss, taking note of the effects of underlying conditions. They can design nutrition plans that reduce joint inflammation to support your exercise training program, including: 

  • Medical Exercise Training
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Massage Therapy

They motivate you to improve your joint stability, mobility, and muscular strength and will guide you through your diet and nutrition efforts.  

Arthritis doesn't have to dictate how you live your life or contribute to deteriorating health and fitness. Contact NY FITPROS by phone or book online to reclaim your wellness and start enjoying all that life offers.