Swimming as Therapeutic Exercise

Livestrong.com: “Water therapy has many physical and mental health benefits for all ages, from the very young to the very old. If you’re looking for a low-impact exercise in a controlled environment to treat and prevent painful health conditions, then swimming may be right for you.”

“Swimming can help improve your flexibility, strength, circulation and lung capacity. When you exercise in water, 90 percent of your body is buoyant, which takes the stress off your joints, states the U.S. Water Fitness Association. Water also provides up to 14 times more resistance on land as you exercise and helps disperse body heat to avoid overheating. Many doctors and physical therapists recommend swimming to their patients for medical problems and following surgery. It’s particularly helpful if you use a wheelchair, crutches or braces on land, since they often aren’t required while you’re in the pool.”

The piece also indicates ways swimming can help:

  • Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
  • Back Problems
  • Heart Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy