Warm water is the ideal environment to exercise as its buoyancy counteracts gravity, decreasing weight placed on joints and spine. Water acts as resistance to build muscle strength. Relieve fibromyalgia, arthritis and lower back pain with water therapy. People with severe joint pain or joint replacement ideally consult a doctor before doing this exercise.
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How Does Water Therapy Relieve Joint Pain?
It reduces the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint, offers 360-degree support for sore limbs, can decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation.
Exercises done in water are considered a low-impact activity. Warm water provides an ideal environment in which to exercise because its buoyancy counteracts gravity, thereby decreasing the weight placed on painful joints and the spine. Diminished weight bearing stress is one of many of the advantages of pool therapy for patients with osteoarthritis. Water may also act as resistance to help build muscle strength.
How To Do Water Exercises:
When you first enter a spa or pool, relax and enjoy the soothing water. When your muscles and joints feel more comfortable and relaxed, slowly begin your exercise routine. Allow enough time after exercising to again relax muscles before getting out of the water, other guidelines include:
-Submerge body part being exercised.
-Move the body part slowly and gently.
-Begin and end with easy exercises.
-Follow through complete joint range of motion if possible, but do not force movement.
-Stop if you experience any sudden or increased pain.
-Do three to eight repetitions as tolerated.
-Pain that lasts for more than one to two hours after exercise may indicate overuse. Cut back next time.
-Remember the weakening effects of heat when exercising in warm water.
Start slowly and don’t overdo.
Individuals with severe joint damage or joint replacement should check with their doctor or surgeon before doing any of the following exercises.