Swimming and Joint Health

Injuries, general wear and tear, and age may all eventually impact your body to the point that joint surgery or some other form of orthopedic treatment becomes necessary. For those recovering from a procedure or trying to prevent the need for one, swimming is a very beneficial tool.

Gravity

Water has a wonderful way of removing the burden of gravity from our bodies, making it easier to move. This is an advantage for those suffering from joint trouble, rehabilitation is less painful and you can achieve greater results without the restraint of weight and gravity. Range of motion exercises in water are more

effective, and water provides gentle resistance to help build muscle strength. People with mobility issues are able to start moving again with far less discomfort than doing therapy in a non-aquatic environment. People suffering from joint pain are more likely to attend sessions on a regular basis, and really get into their sessions due to the decreased discomfort from exercise.

Low Impact

When you think of exercise, you might picture all sorts of aggressive activities like running and aerobics. For a person with the possibility of joint surgery or who has just undergone one, this is the last type of activity you’d want to do. Imagine every pound of your body weight coming down at full force on an unstable joint. This is definitely a recipe for disas

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ter and not a pleasant thought, which is why swimming and aquatic therapy are such good tools. The impact to tender joints is minimal, if not completely absent. At the same time, the cardio and strength building benefits of other high-impact sports are achieved through a far less rigorous method.

Circulation and Compression

Water exerts gentle pressure on your skin, stimulating circulation while providing support to your muscles. Improved circulation has a healing effect on body tissues, as blood brings vital nutrients to damaged cells. The compression relieves pain and reduces swelling, making for a much more comfortable workout.

As with any activity, swimming also has some drawbacks so be sure to talk to your orthopedic specialist before adding it to your routine.

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