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Rheumatoid Arthritis–Friendly Water Exercises

Water exercise is easy on the joints.

Ahhh, hydrotherapy. You’re probably familiar with the fact that immersing yourself in water can be comforting and soothing. That’s why people often take a warm bath when they have body aches or sit in a Jacuzzi or hot tub when they want to relax.

But you may not realize that if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), exercising in water can make you feel better too, easing joint stiffness, decreasing pain and swelling, and improving your range of motion. It may be more comfortable to move in water when you’re in pain — indeed, people with RA reported feeling much better right after working out in warm water than they did after otherwise similar exercise on land, according to research published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders — and if it feels better, you may be more likely to do it.

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