Hello Dave, While following these pain communities, I feel as though I've come to know such regulars as you. You consistently offer valuable advice & although we may no longer have the presence of the "experts," visitors like you, Joy, etc. are equally as good.
I feel especially close to you realizing you are a geographic neighbor. However, I believe you are a bit more west at your Buffalo residence in that I reside in a suburb of Rochester.
That being said, if you are still interested in the name of the gym, do let me know & I will share that with you. It's my understanding that a truly heated therapeutic pool is almost rare. We recently had a visitor from Chicago who commented that there's no such pool in that area. "Our" pool is kept at 89 degrees & is treated with salt as opposed to chlorine. It is my best medicine.
Because the pool here is extremely popular among the many arthritic, etc. sufferers, I would have to believe that it would fare well in any location, especially in view of the aging baby boomers.
I live in western NY & do know that such therapy, with written recommendation from a health care provider, may be tax deductible if your total health care costs meet the required amount (not certain of that figure). Be sure to save all receipts for co-pays & also for any other expenses related to your health care.
I, too, have severe arthritis & use a warm water pool at the local gym daily. It is my best medicine. Others at the pool suffer with the same or similar conditions & agree that aqua therapy truly helps with flexibility & improved mobility throughout the day. It's worth every cent of the membership fees. I have been able to postpone recommended surgery as a result of the water therapy.
Hello darlyn, It sounds like you are more than ready to make this same commitment in managing your health.
In addition to the water therapy, I walk as much as I can tolerate, stretch, perform light yoga exercises & light weight training. I do this all on a daily basis.
Off hand, I don't know the names of the websites but can tell you I find most such information by "googling" the subject, i.e. "water aerobics for arthritis," etc. Please let me know if this method of internet searching doesn't work for you because I will make note of the websites & share them with you.
Be sure not to over-do any routine & get ample rest & sleep as well. I also suffer from fibromyalgia & the combination of that & OA can be rather brutal but I keep things in perspective by realizing that there are far worse conditions to have.
I make it a point to not sit for extended periods as this causes great discomfort. While reading or watching tv, I get up often to move around, stretch, etc.
Hello Bethanne, Walking is a great way to start your water aerobics. Many gyms offer classes for those who suffer from arthritis. You may want to check out reputable online websites that offer physical therapy routines in the water. Most pools provide apparatus (noodles, paddles, etc.) that can be used for various water routines.
If your pool is deep enough, an ideal way to decompress the spine is by placing a noodle behind you while resting your upper arms on the noodle. This allows the body to hang suspended in the water & hence, the spine decompresses in the process. It's natural & much less expensive than the decompression procedure offered by chiropractors.
Although the pool is the safest on the musculoskeletal system, it's always a good idea to be guided towards the right indidual routine as each of our bodies are different.
There's a real bonus to the pool workouts & that is meeting many others who suffer with similar problems as ours.
I wish you the best of luck in & out of the water, which reminds me to add that any benefits felt in the water will be carried out to land. The pool has made my body much more flexible & less stiff.
Hello, I am sorry about your pain, especially because you are so young.
Is it at all feasible for you to join a gym/club that offers a warm water pool? Water aerobics has helped so many, including myself, who suffer with joint issues. Due to the buoyancy of the water, we can move unlike we can on land. The benefits of this water exercise are carried on to land, etc.
Hello twostags, Sugar worsens just about everything. I'm not diabetic either & I love sugar but try to limit my intake to infrequent treats. I, too, have felt worse after indulging. I'm a firm believer that we are what we eat & by sticking with the good foods & refraining from the junk, we can truly feel better.