Exercise Class for Those with Arthritis Starts in October at The Emerson Wellness Center for Mind and Body


According to the Centers for Disease Control, physical exercise is critical for those living with arthritis.  Regular exercise has been proven to help those with arthritis reduce pain and improve mobility, mood and quality of life.

This fall, Ryan Stoddard, PT, DPT, is leading a gentle, therapeutic exercise program designed for arthritis patients to increase their flexibility and muscle strength.  The six-week program meets on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm, beginning October 6, at the Emerson Wellness Center for Mind and Body, located at 310 Baker Avenue in Concord.  The cost is $90 per person and spaces are limited.  Free parking is available in the office park. 

Ryan is a physical therapist with Emerson’s Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. His undergraduate degree from the same institution is in Exercise Physiology.  He achieved a specialty board certification in Orthopedics through the American Physical Therapy Association and earned his strength and conditioning specialty certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His treatment style incorporates the best evidence-based medicine with manual therapy and corrective exercises.

A student who took an exercise class recently with Ryan wrote, “I had an acute pain issue with my arthritic knee that was preventing me from doing my usual exercise.  Ryan’s class kept me moving at a time when I did not know how to proceed.  The class was fun, and Ryan is supportive to people at every level of ability.”

For more information and to register for this and many other wellness classes taking place this fall at The Emerson Wellness Center for Mind and Body, visit www.emersonwellness.org or call 978-287-3777.


Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.