Swimming and Chiropractic Care

Published September 4th, 2018 by Dr. Markson

Fall may be approaching, but as Floridians we get to continue to enjoy warmer weather. One of the many perks of this is year-round dips in the pool or at the beach. Not only is swimming refreshing, it is also an excellent workout. It puts little to no stress on the back, is great for all ages, and is a low-impact exercise that works especially well for people who don't do well with high impact sports or exercises. Even if you aren't a swimmer, there are plenty of activities to do in the pool that are just as effective as taking a long swim including water aerobics and arthritis classes. Here are some of the benefits of water exercises:

Water Is A Stress Reliever

There's just something therapeutic about being in the water. It alters the tension that gravity puts on your body, which can be beneficial for those with arthritis or joint issues. Water also helps the body to relax. We've long recommended water exercises to those who suffer from back issues, as it helps to reduce the impact that movement on the ground can have on your spine.

Low Impact Exercise

A low impact exercise is one that causes less stress on the body. When on land, low impact exercises includes always having one foot on the ground. In the water, all exercises become low impact and are easier on the joints. Water naturally provides resistance that strengthen muscles without the strain of weightlifting. We suggest water classes to those that are looking to build strength but suffer from back pain.

Swimming = Increased Physical Endurance

Research has indicated that one of the best workouts a person can do is swimming. There are many reasons why this is so, including the strengthening of physical endurance. Though weightlifting might not be a part of exercising in the water, it offers a great deal of resistance on its own. That allows for muscles to build! Many chiropractors (us included) suggest water therapy for those who suffer from back pain to correct posture and build back muscles.

If you would like to know more about how water workouts can benefit you, contact us today. We'll be happy to share information and advice to help you find the best way to workout in the water!

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