Arthritis water exercises

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Unfortunately, many arthritis sufferers mistakenly believe that exercise will make their arthritis worse.

The reality is a comprehensive program of stretching, strength training and aerobic exercise can help improve arthritis symptoms and improve overall functioning.

Here are the reasons why patients with arthritis should exercise:

1. Flexibility training helps improve range of motion and reduce stiffness.
2. Aerobic exercise, especially low-impact activities such as walking, helps improve cardiovascular fitness and promote blood flow to joints.
3. Strength training builds muscle strength, improves joint stability and helps with mobility.
4. Weight-bearing exercise helps reduce the risk of getting osteoporosis.
5. Posture, balance and coordination all can be improved with regular exercise.
6. Excess weight places mechanical strain on joints. Diet as well as exercise both play a key role in helping people maintain normal body weight.
7. Exercise reduces stress.
8. Exercise reduces depression.
9. Regular exercise has been shown to improve overall sleep patterns and thus may lessen night time pain.
10. Arthritis causes sedentary behavior, increasing the risk of heart disease or diabetes. Exercise combats this tendency.

One type of exercise that is strongly recommended is water exercise. With water, there is virtually no impact. Resistance provided by the water provides both aerobic as well as strengthening benefits.

There are different types of water exercise programs available.

Swimming is a good form of exercise with a couple of cautionary warnings. Patients with shoulder problems can find the crawl, the butterfly, and the back stroke painful because of the arc of arm motion required. Patients with low back problems should avoid the frog kick.

Another type of exercise involves the use of a flotation vest that lets a person "water walk" and "water run" in deep water. The vest keeps you upright and afloat in deep water.

Some physical therapy facilities use underwater treadmills and similar devices to help build endurance.

In addition, there are specially designed water resistance implements available for shallow water workouts.

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