Aquatic exercise is excellent. I recommend attempting to find either a class specifically for OA or a good instructor with OA experience. Also, a warm water pool is much better for OA exercise, 85 to 90 degrees. Which is much too warm for most swim training pools. Check with a physician about range of motion and possibly using an anti-inflammatory pre/post workout. L
Aquatic exercise is the best for all arthritic conditions. It allows people to challenge themselves while getting stronger and staying pain free.
I’d also be very aware of processed foods which tend to exacerbate these conditions. Some other foods tend to cause joint inflammation as well.
Here’s just one article on the subject.
Wish you the best,
Hello Michele Meleski,
Motion is lotion and you get the biggest bang for the buck in a pool to take the weight off the joints going through full range of motion. Eat well as suggested, get enough rest and destress. Try to strength train without weight while reaching with fingers and toes to lengthen the joint capsule for more space. Stretch daily and listen to the body, don’t overdo anything; keep balance in a lifestyle.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
many older adults have osteoarthritis, and individuals with excess weight may suffer from it more often than others. Most common sites are knees, hips and spine, but also hands and feet.
The exercise selection for such client depend on the results of your initial assessment. Generally, I gentle warm-up is recommended and a strengthening routine with lower weights and higher reps. Aquatic exercise can be wonderful. Maintaining range of motion through stretches is beneficial.
Exercises can definitely vary depending upon the individual and how progressive their osteoarthritis is. A lot of times taking them off weight bearing and just having them go through different movements through their joints will at least warm the body up and increase circulation. Also if you have a warm room to work with them in, that can help as well.
I get the best results when I work with these types of clients by focusing on their nutrition. Take out foods that may be inflammatory. Add in collagen and/or bone broths. Big one is to take our processed sugars. A lot of times this alone will make them start feeling better within the first week or 2!