Medical experts consider hot water exercise essential for treating arthritis, rheumatism, painful joints, varicose veins and other musculature and back disorders. It is especially popular for early sport injury recovery. Without it, joints will stiffen and muscles will shorten. If morning stiffness plagues you, limber up in the spa before facing the day, or let the spa help you unwind after a busy one.
"Exercising in water is generally very good for patients, because there's less weight across the joints," Klippel says, especially people with Osteoarthritis of the hips or knees, the most common form of arthritis. "It may also promote weight loss," he adds. "Any exercise for a person with arthritis that can lead to weight loss is very beneficial."
"The heat from the warm water makes joint movement in the person with arthritis much easier," says Washington, D.C., rheumatologist Dr. Jack Klippel, medical director of the Arthritis Foundation. "We consider it an important component of therapy."
Water's buoyancy serves as a cushion, protecting joints during exercise routines. Because it is a liquid, water offers more resistance than air, helping people build muscle strength as they push against it.
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