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NEED A GENTLER KIND OF EXERCISE FOR AGEING JOINTS? TIME TO TRY HYDROTHERAPY

NEED A GENTLER KIND OF EXERCISE FOR AGEING JOINTS? TIME TO TRY HYDROTHERAPY cover

Exercise is a must for everybody regardless of age, health condition, and functional capacity. However, our bodies undergo changes as we age. The most noticeable shifts occur in the joints as ageing often results in the gradual breakdown of cartilage, the tissue that cushions the ends of our bones in the joints. This in turn may lead to osteoarthritis, joint pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Our tendons and ligaments may also become less flexible and more prone to injury, leading to a reduced range of motion and making performing activities that require bending, reaching, or twisting more difficult. Also, ageing may reduce synovial fluid which lubricates the joints, also leading to stiffness and joint pain and increased friction and wear.

Joint pain can become a significant barrier to regular physical activity and exercise. An Arthritis Australia report on Arthritis and Exercise stated that people with arthritis often report the fear of making symptoms worse which results in sub-optimal physical activity levels. The consensus of experts is that exercise is a good prescription for health conditions such as arthritis and joint pain. In this context, hydrotherapy presents a viable alternative to land-based exercise in helping people, particularly older adults with joint pain, be more physically active.

Hydrotherapy involves training in a water environment. Water provides gentle resistance and buoyancy, enabling individuals with ageing joints to exercise without fear or further aggravating their joint pain.

Training in water is low in impact, helping alleviate stress on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and the knees. The warm water also helps relax the muscles and increase blood circulation, facilitating improved joint flexibility and range of motion. Water also provides resistance in all directions and helps build muscle strength and endurance. Furthermore, warm water can also provide soothing relaxation.

Lastly, as maintaining balance becomes an important concern as we age, buoyancy can help you achieve better balance as well as exercise with no fear of falls.

If you’re eager to know more, consult our Allied Health Team at Healthstin Moss Vale to learn how Hydrotherapy can help improve your overall health and wellbeing while taking care of your joints. Give us a call via 1300 090 931 or click this link now.

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