The ability to do something or act in a particular way; potential; capacity
An act of changing physical position; a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas.
On Sunday, March 6th, we gather with the Arthritis Research Foundation for Power of Movement. It’s an opportunity to come together with other citizens to harness the power of movement individually within our own bodies, and collectively as it pertains to people coming together for a good cause. As we bring our energy and attention to the cause, we help build momentum and empower our society to find solutions for those living with arthritis and auto-immune diseases.
Physical movement is something that’s easy to take for granted, isn’t it? I walked down the street today and didn’t give it a second thought. I picked up a heavy bag, I led two yoga classes, I hugged my parter – all with ease. For more than 4.6 million people in Canada, it’s not so simple due to arthritis. Because it’s such a common condition, it might be easy to forget how debilitating it actually is. Many people with chronic pain end up hiding it well, and we might not even know about their struggle. Since it is a chronic issue, they find ways of getting on with life wherever possible, but the pain is still there, or is perhaps lessened by medication. So many are suffering in silence, and we have the opportunity to acknowledge the struggle and help to do something about it.
Yoga is very beneficial for people with arthritis, as it helps to reduce pain, increase flexibility, improve function and lower stress. And so Power of Movement makes perfect sense as it marries fundraising for the arthritis research with yoga, and gives us an opportunity to come together as a community to show our support. We are very excited that our very own Salimah Kassim-Lakha will be leading Kundalini Yoga at this year’s event. This is a new addition to the program this year, and it’s a great opportunity to experience the practice, whether it’s your first time or thousandth time. And it’s all for a great cause.
The Arthritis Research Foundation names 5 research priorities, which will be supported by the funds we raise together. Quoting from www.beatarthritis.ca:
- Personalized Medicine
“We currently lack the tools to predict how individuals will respond to different medications. Treatment is often by trial and error, which can be prohibitively costly and expose patients to harmful side effects. Research in Precision Medicine will allow us to better utilize current interventions and drive the development of more targeted/personalized therapies.”
“With available seed funding, scientists will be able to convert novel ideas to new research projects. This initial support allows scientists to secure additional funding, by leveraging the investment up to seven fold, and accelerate the rate of discovery in order to achieve the ultimate goal… to beat arthritis.
Innovation requires a willingness to take risks; seed funding gives scientists the ability to follow their instincts and apply new approaches to stubborn problems. It is imperative that we act now to bring together the discoveries of modern science to help people live longer and more active lives. With investment, AARC’s scientists will make important gains over the next decade to achieve their goals and find a cure.”
- Women and Arthritis
“It is incredible to think that of over 100+ types of arthritis, women are affected in greater proportions in all with the exception of three. Our researchers are committed to finding out why women get these diseases more than men, what the impact is and how we can we improve treatment.”
- Imaging Inflammation
“Inflammation is a common component of arthritis and all autoimmune diseases. Using high resolution imaging we will identify whether a particular therapy is effective or not, allowing for the patient to transition quickly from one treatment to another as required. This will be life altering for patients.”
- Translating Research into Tangible Outcomes
“This research spans basic, clinical and population health research starting with discoveries in the laboratory which provide scientists with new insights and lead to the creation of new therapies. From here experiential knowledge from highly acclaimed physicians and surgeons together with keen insights elucidated through comprehensive patient databases inform diagnosis and treatment in the clinic. And with this knowledge researchers can, through patient’s experiences in the community deepen scientists’ understanding to help change public attitudes, and inform future areas of research.”
These priorities are very exciting as the outcomes will be life-altering for people living with arthritis. People like our co-workers, our friends, our family members, and all the people who suffer in silence. We can help – now is the time.
The Power of Movement.
To circulate energy.
To bring a community together.
To raise awareness.
To raise money.