Treating Arthritis with Hydrotherapy

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Arthritis affects more than 20 million American and with treatment options becoming increasingly more expensive, many sufferers are looking for different approaches to treating arthritis symptoms. Treating both Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms with Hydrotherapy can be simple and incredibly successful when traditional therapies fall short on relief.

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the lining of the joints, can often times be treated with Hydrotherapy in a multitude of ways. Working with a Hydrotherapist, patients can often find relief from RA symptoms by using water fitness programs to exercise and gain full motion of joints without the pressure or stiffness that is normally associated with RA. The gravitational force is lessened on the body, allowing patients to have a range of motion that they normally wouldn’t when not submerged. Simply soaking in warm water has shown a significant reduction in swelling and pain in the joints while reducing stiffness and improving motion. Warm jets of water have also shown to have a profound effect on circulation which delivers oxygen-rich blood to the joint area’s that need it.

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease with chronic breakdown of cartilage, can also be effectively treated using hydrotherapy methods. Again, following a fitness routine under the supervision of a Hydrotherapist, aerobics and strength training has been shown to drastically reduce the pain and swelling associated with Osteoarthritis. Using a water fitness program, the buoyancy of the water allows for more range of motion, less pressure on the joints, and less weight bearing on affected areas.

Hydrotherapy can include any range of therapy that involves water and for those suffering from arthritis; it can provide a safe alternative treatment. With Hydrotherapy being readily available at most rehabilitation and athletic facilities, anyone suffering from arthritis can find a program to help treat their symptoms today.


  • altMED, LLC., 2013

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