Smart Woman: Exercise for Arthritic Joints

Published 07/10 2014 06:36PM

Updated 07/10 2014 06:57PM

For the past 3 1/2 years, Paula Mason is has gone to the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program, three times a week.

It has become such a routine for her that she says, "When I don't come to the class, I can tell. I don't have nearly as much range of movement, and endurance."

Paula is just one of millions of Americans with arthritis. It affects people of all ages. The disease damages joints in the body, making movement sometimes painful and sometimes even impossible.

THAT'S WHERE A WARM-WATER EXERCISE PROGRAM COMES IN.

Arthritis aquatic therapy is a joint range of motion and flexibility class designed to help people with arthritis enhance their quality of life and to have less associated pain.

A THERAPY POOL OFFERS PARTICIPANTS SEVERAL BENEFITS.

It allows their bodies to warm up to the movement- it allows for greater blood flow, warmer muscles, warmer joints for greater fluid and range of motion.

The water allows for resistance to their movements, which will provide them a level of strength from the activity. They can also exercise without fear of falling, and injuring themselves.

For Paula, the experience has been life changing. She says, "I'm a lot happier because I'm able to exercise my whole body."

If you or someone you know has arthritis, a warm-water exercise program may help!

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