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Aquatic Exercises Is An Excellent Choice For Those With Chronic Pain

Nov 9

For millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, getting regular exercise can be a struggle. Traditional workouts can often be painful and aggravate symptoms, but Aquatic Exercises for Chronic Pain offer a solution. In a pool, your joints and muscles don’t have to exert as much effort and can be easily manipulated. This is especially true with water therapy, a form of physical rehabilitation that utilizes therapeutic exercises in the water. In fact, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open, therapeutic aquatic exercise resulted in greater low back pain relief than physical therapy and demonstrated long-term effects for up to 12 months.

While this may sound like an old news flash, many people do not realize that exercise is the best way to manage pain and reduce inflammation, both in the short-term and long-term. However, the most important thing to remember when managing chronic pain is to reduce stress and anxiety, which can be difficult to do on your own. In addition to exercising, you can also participate in relaxation techniques and social activities, both of which will help ease tension. For those who can’t go to a gym, a local public pool or community center offers varying kinds of water exercise classes for fitness and health. Specifically, swimming or walking underwater (aqua aerobics) can be an effective tool for reducing stress and improving flexibility.

Water exercise is an excellent choice for those with pain, including fibromyalgia. Studies show that the hydrostatic pressure of the water helps relieve pain by increasing circulation and providing sensory stimulation, which can help improve mood and sleep quality. Additionally, the natural resistance of the water increases strength and flexibility.

The natural buoyancy of the water reduces the stress on your bones, muscles, and joints during your workout, allowing for more intense movements while preventing injury. In addition, the warm temperature of the water provides comfort and reduces stiffness and soreness.

In a recent study, 113 patients were divided into two groups: one group received a combination of physical therapy modalities, and the other group participated in therapeutic aquatic exercise for 3 months. After 12 months, the researchers found that the therapeutic aquatic exercise group showed significantly greater improvement in 36-item short-form health survey scores, Pittsburgh sleep quality index, Tampa scale for kinesiophobia, and fear-avoidance beliefs questionnaire compared to the physical therapy modalities group. These improvements were independent of age, sex, body mass index, duration of low back pain, or educational level. However, the study did have some limitations, such as a small sample size and self-reported pain levels. For this reason, further research is needed to confirm these results. However, these findings are encouraging for anyone struggling with pain to know that it is possible to get a good workout and see improvements in both your pain and your overall quality of life.

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