For people with chronic pain, swimming is one of the best ways to stay active and healthy. Swimming laps in a pool is a low impact exercise that increases cardiovascular health while reducing stress on joints and muscles. If you’re living with arthritis, or chronic leg, back or another type of pain then swimming is an excellent activity to stay in shape.
The motion of swimming uses many muscles in the back, legs, and arms. Swimming increases heart rate and lung capacity at a rate that rivals only running. Unlike running, however, swimming minimizes the impact on joints and is great for people rehabilitating from an injury or suffering from chronic pain.
Pain management is one great reason to swim, but there’s another equally important reason: it’s fun! Swimming, like all exercise, is proven to reduce stress in people who participate regularly. Staying in shape helps people suffering from chronic pain to manage their pain and relieve stress associated with such medical concerns.
In Charlotte, the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center (MCAC) is a great resource for swimming year-round. Whether you’re looking for a few laps in their 50-meter competition pool or a therapeutic water aerobics class MCAC has what you need to get started.
So whether you’re experiencing chronic pain in your knees or just need a low-impact way to stay in shape while recovering from a sports related injury, swimming is a perfect activity.
Charlotte Sports Performance
If you are suffering from aches and pains, Dynamic Health provides sports performance treatments and programs. We offer new client appointments within one to three days, and we are one of the only pain management clinics to provide imaging-guided injections without a long wait. Our team of trained specialists can aid your recovery and ease pain associated with certain ailments.
If you would like to have us speak at a corporate health fair or provide a community screening, please fill out our registration form or call 704-525-6288 ext. 6209.