If you suffer from constant pain due to a chronic disease such as arthritis, knee pain, gout, fibromyalgia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, back pain, etc., you may benefit by exercising in the pool. The water provides buoyancy to lessen the loading of your limbs and alleviates any impact on your joints. Known as hydrotherapy or aqua therapy, this form of physical activity can also be quite beneficial for older adults, pregnant women, and those who are overweight or obese. Also, aqua therapy may lower systolic blood pressure in those who have hypertension. Because of the resistance of water, moving your limbs will burn more calories than when you're out of the water performing the same movements. The risk of injury is quite low when you're in the pool. Aqua therapy is an excellent way to manage joint pain.
BOTTOM LINE: Moving in the pool is highly recommended for those who have chronic joint pain and is quite complimentary to walking. The water's buoyancy reduces your bodyweight, thus lessening impact and strain on your joints, bones and muscles. If you suffer from daily joint pain as a result of inflammation, the pool is the solution to keep you active and healthy!
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.