Written by Susannah Keppo, Exercise Physiologist at Croydon Park. Article from July 2019
Arthritis and Hydrotherapy
For those suffering from arthritis, it can be challenging to find a suitable form of exercise that doesn’t aggravate your joints and cause pain. At a few Optimum studios, we have hydrotherapy pools which have proven to be very beneficial for managing arthritis-related pain, improving overall functioning and enhancing the quality of life.
There are some particular benefits to exercising in the water such as:
- Therapeutic effect of the water temperature – hydrotherapy pools are typically heated to 33-35 degrees Celsius to provide a warm environment that can loosen up stiff joints and provide relief for sore muscles
- Most public swimming pools are heated to 26-28 degrees Celsius which is more suitable for those performing lap swimming which is typically more vigorous
- Hydrostatic pressure – this is the pressure exerted on your body and joints from the water itself.