If you or someone you care about suffers from arthritis, you’re familiar with the uncomfortable pain and inflammation that comes along with it. It can slow you down and, frankly, make for some pretty miserable days.
Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage that cushions your joints breaks down. It happens most often in your hips, knees, spine, hands and feet. While the cause isn’t known, some things like your age, gender, weight and old joint injuries can make it more likely that you’ll develop the condition. In fact, statistics tell us there’s a 50-50 chance you’ll end up with osteoarthritis at some point in your life. So even if you don’t have it yet, listen up!
Physicians treat the condition in many ways, including surgery and joint replacements. In addition to all the standard treatments your doctor may suggest, there’s one simple suggestion that’s been proven to provide great benefits for people who have osteoarthritis, (and rheumatoid arthritis, too) – exercise in water, like the kind you can do in a swim spa from Pettis Pools.
- Water exercise reduces the impact on your joints, so it’s easier for you to move.
- It helps improve your range of motion by increasing your joint flexibility.
- Water offers increased resistance, so you actually work your muscles MORE when you exercise in water.
And because swim spas are really two things in one, not only do you get all the benefits of water exercise and resistance, you also get the soothing benefits of warm water and hyrdomassage. Before your workout, after, or really any time you feel like it, hop into your swim spa and let the powerful jets target your problem areas with a massage.
Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Swim spas are available in different sizes and configurations, so there’s sure to be a model that fits your home and your budget. Come see us and talk to our team members about the benefits of swim spas today!