Chronic Pain ResourcesSwimming Can Relieve Painful Pressure

Swimming is the best exercise if you are concerned about over stressing your joints. The buoyance of the water reduces stress on all of the bodies joints. When submerged up to the neck water supports 90% of your body and 50% waist deep. Water provides 15 times more resistance than air building muscles and increasing endurance. When swimming your limbs and spine expand which relieves painful pressure. Swimming is a great form of exercise if you suffer from pain in your back, joints, or musculoskeletal pain. Whether you do slow strokes, move around with a floatation device, tread water, or do water aerobics, it's still exercise.

 

Benefits of Swimming Include:

 

    • Improves cardiovascular health
    • Stamina
    • Greater muscle strength
    • Flexibility
    • Stronger muscles in back, shoulders, legs, and core
    • Improves balance
    • Helps with coordination
    • Improves posture

 

A study in 2009 published in Spine Journal studied how swimming exercises could help with chronic back pain and found that water exercises improved disabilities and quality of life better than land exercises. A 2013 study published in Clinical Rehabilitation showed swimming exercises reduced cancer survivors lingering pain better than land exercises. In addition, other studies showed swimming to be more effective for arthritis and fibromyalgia patients than land exercise.

 

Please note: For anyone who suffers with chronic pain warm water is the best place to exercise as cold water can cause muscles to tense up.

 

Sources:


H2X Fitness Swim Spas/Pain Relieving Power of Aquatic Therapy.
http://www.h2xswimspa.com/h2x-pain-relief.php

 

Dr. Pool. (2014, July 25) IN THE SWIM: Blog/Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises.
http://blog.intheswim.com/chronic-pain-relief-with-swimming-exercises/

 

Prevention/5 Best Workouts for Chronic Pain (2011, Nov. 16th)
https://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/best-workouts-chronic-pain-and-fibromyalgia

 

Amirpour, Sanaz. (2016, October 3rd) Chronicality/The 5 Best Exercises for Chronic Pain.
http://www.chronicality.com/five-best-exercises-chronic-pain/