Chiropractic Tip: Aquatic Therapy Soothes Joints
By Sandy Schroeder
When joint pain won’t go away, water therapy may be a way to keep working out. Stiffness, soreness and unrelenting pain can make exercise a challenge, but slipping into a warm pool can change everything, according to Gayle Olson, athletic trainer, Sports Performance, Harvard affiliate, Massachusetts General Hospital.
How Water Therapy Works
Water reduces pain and pressure to permit regular exercises to build muscle and bone strength. At the same time, the freedom of the water generates repetitive movements to pump the natural lubricant, synovial fluid, into the joints.
Before you begin, check with your doctor for approval. Then look for community aquatic therapy classes, or consider a private pool with a personal trainer. Once you are in the water you can work on posture, balance, core muscles, or do aerobics, marching, jumping, running, walking and swimming.
Sidestep Pool Exercise
Harvard Health suggests this routine to strengthen abdominal and hip muscles
- Stand in water up to the chest with arms outstretched
- Step sideways with right leg
- Move left foot to right, bringing legs together
- Sidestep across the pool
- Step back to the starting spot
How Chiropractic Helps
As you explore ways to soothe the joints to stay active, The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you may be the best resource for wellness coaches. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors are well equipped to help you with health, wellness and fitness issues to provide natural, drug-free solutions.
How It Works
Your chiropractor will begin where you are with joint pain and explain how improved spinal health can enhance overall health. The spine houses the central nervous system that serves as command center for everything that we do. When the brain-to-body communication works well, so do we.
A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching pain relief, along with an overall sense of well-being. Better sleep, more energy and a calmer more alert focus may all emerge as additional benefits.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may continue to soothe the joints and help to create more exercise opportunities like water therapy. Tai chi or yoga classes, and stretching exercises at home and at work, may help, too.
I have watched many friends regain their balance from joint pain with the help of their chiropractors. Ongoing treatment, monitoring, and preventive tips made the difference. Whatever came up next, their chiropractors were there to provide the needed support.
Stop in soon and find out more about The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Nationwide there are over 400 clinics available offering packages and plans that require no insurance. Clinics are open six or seven days per week and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.