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Summer Swims Decrease Pain

Summer swims are now for more than just cooling off in the sunshine. It has long been known that swimming is a great all-in-one workout: great for exercising all the muscle groups and offers a cardio workout as well. The latest findings have also now found even more benefits for “playing” in the water. Water-based exercise routines can help ease back pain.

Recent findings from a clinical trial published in JAMA Network Open shared that 3 consistent months of water exercise helps alleviate pain quality of life, and sleep health more so than physical therapy. While that is positive news, even better is that the benefits remained intact after a year.

Swimming and water exercise can ease pain in the back, joints, and musculoskeletal pain. This can be achieved with slow strokes, tread water, or water aerobics. Any activity in the water can:

  • Build cardio health

  • Increase flexibility

  • Strengthens muscles

  • Enhances balance

  • Promotes better posture

  • Elevate mood