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Water Therapy

Water Therapy

Johns Hopkins University recently reported that exercising in warm water (about 82 degrees) is appropriate for gentle range-of-motion exercises.  The body is supported by buoyancy so there is less stress on arthritic knees.  Waist deep water will bear about 50% of a person’s body weight, chest deep water will bear 75%.  Water also provides about 12 times the resistance to exercise as compared to exercising out of water.

800 Patients with osteoarthritis in their knees were examined in a recent Cochrane review.  Researchers concluded that pain may decrease and function may improve.  It’s August – why not get in the pool and give it a try?

In case you are wondering, Neoprene knee sleeves can be worn in the water.