Arthritis Aquatics!

Arthritis is a debilitating disease that typically affects the areas in and around the joints, but it can affect other areas of the body as well.  There are over 100 different types of arthritis, and it is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability.  It affects people of all ages, including some 300,000 children.  However, baby boomers are at greatest risk of developing some form of arthritis, with women being more susceptible to it than men.

Many people with arthritis believe that nothing can be done to help ease their symptoms, but fortunately that is not the case.  As counterintuitive as it may seem, moderate intensity, low-impact physical activity has been shown to reduce the pain of arthritis while helping improve sufferers’ mood, mobility and quality of life.  Exercising in water can be especially soothing for those suffering from the disease.  The Arthritis Foundation’s Aquatic Program is a great option for people looking to manage or improve their symptoms.  The buoyancy of water helps reduce strain on joints and muscles while you gain strength and increased flexibility.

Mt. Pleasant Recreation Center offers several arthritis aquatics classes each week.  If you live locally and suffer from arthritis, why not see if a class can help you?