Friday, May 27, 2011

Questions on Hydrotherapy received a question from Angel: My friend has extreme knee pain and has had to give quit running and using the stair master. Another one of our friends is an advocate of doing exercise in a pool. Apparently there are a lot of older people with joint problems now using pools to run or exercise in. Do you think this is a good idea?

Yes, great idea, especially if you have joints or muscles to rehabilitate, but also very good for just plain aerobic exercise as well. Buoyancy of the human body, which can be enhanced with a life preserver or other flotation device, greatly reduces the gravity and weight on the body, muscles and joints. Try swimming or exercising in a pool for 45 minutes and see if you think it is a workout! You can even put a stationary bicycle in a pool and use it,… long as your head is above the water, ha ha.

However, this is only one aspect of a healthy life,…..remember the four legs to the Chair of Health? A person still needs to eat good foods and minimize bad foods; take high quality supplements because even the best foods won’t give you all your nutrients; and, protect themselves from a toxic environment.

In my experience, older people with degraded joints which comes from aging, can benefit very much from nutritional supplements and adding Glucosamine as a optimizer. I’m a walking, riding, stair climbing and running example of that. An Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid supplement often also helps.

My suggestion that adding pool work would be a great idea. Try it for a few weeks and see what if does for you. Good luck.

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