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#1 graywolf14

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 12:13 PM

Is water aerobics/exercise good for scleroderma/lupus patients? I am planning to join the program. Do you all think that this is a good benefit? ;)

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 02:12 PM

Yes!! One of the best. Join and enjoy!
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 04:41 PM

Hi Graywolf,

Yes, just like Sweet said, water aerobics can be fantastic for scleroderma and other forms of arthritis.

A few special considerations are to try to get into an arthritis warm pool class, as the pools are warmer and the instructors are well trained. Visit the center first, to see if the ambient room temperature is warm enough for you. I had problems with Raynaud's getting out of a warm pool into chilly room temps.

Bring a very large towel plus a very warm robe and slippers into the pool area, if you can, so that if you do feel chilled you can warm up right away. Also check the locker rooms and inquire about the usual room temps.

Don't hesitate to take it easy in the classes. Don't feel compelled to do all the exercises on your first visit. If you are out of shape, it may take awhile to catch up with the regulars.

Also dress extra warm for the outdoors, and use a handicapped parking sticker so you don't have to walk too far in cold temps right afterwards.

I find that warm pools provide a wonderful pain relief! And I enjoy just floating for 20 minutes, when nobody else is splashing around. The warmth and relaxation and lack of gravitational pull feels terrific, and seems to last for quite awhile.

Also, use skin and hair moisturizers before and after, or your sclero skin will mightily object to the whole routine in a big hurry. I also use prescription goggles, since the chlorine worsens dry eyes terribly (and because its nice to be able to see).

With a few sensible precautions, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy yourself, make new friends, get some healthy activity plus some pain relief, too. It's a win-win situation, all the way around!
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 05:24 PM

Hi Graywolf,

I just found out there is a "deep water workout" class at our city pool offered right after my kids' swimming lessons. I watched them and it looked like just the thing for me. They strap on bouyant belts. The workout is 1/2 hour and reasonable at $4 per class on a drop in basis.

The first class is next Monday. It looks really easy (gentle) I am exctied to go. I will let you know how it went.

Barefut

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 02:15 AM

Thanks to you all. Sounds very interesting. I will do it. Been feeling depressed lately because I am always here in the house. :mellow:

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 02:19 AM

I woud love to hear from you about the class.^_^

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 02:42 AM

Hi Graywolf,

I attend a deep water aerobic class for five years now. IT IS GREAT and the best thing for you. START OUT SLOW and build up. THat way you are not frustrated. I have to back out sometimes when flaring up but always my goal is to get back to the water. I LOVE IT> It amazes the doctors how flexible I stay . It is due to the water. I hope you like it as much as I do. SUsie54

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 04:12 AM

Sounds good! I usually go to a heated pool and pool walk for 30 minutes. I haven't been able to go lately because the pool temp has been 92, but air temp 70. That drastic difference sets off my Raynaud's. Hopefully when it warms up here I will get back to it. I say, "Give it a try!"
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 07:16 AM

Hello Graywolf, Water Aerobics is one of the first exercise plans my rheumatologist suggested to me. Our instructer here in our community had surgery, we're just waiting for her to come back. Another great exercise according to my doctor is Yoga.

Exercise is suppose to be a great way to relief stress in life. Good luck to you and I hope it helps you out.

Jackie S.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 07:07 AM

Thanks Jackie. I hope water aerobics will really help. My Aunt that has discoid lupus suggested that I can try Yoga. But seems kindda boring to me.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 10:24 AM

Hi I forgot to ask if the pool water safe for patients with autoimmune disease?

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 11:16 AM

Yes, it is safe for people with autoimmune diseases to swim...provided we know how. :blink:

And we won't contaminate the pool by swimming in it (since autoimmune diseases are not contagious, of course). I'm always surprised by how often people assume (or fear) that scleroderma or similar diseases are contagious. So it never hurts to reassure them, particularly when we are sporting interesting skin features, like rashes or skin tightening.

An exception is if you have any open sores, unless you can figure out a way to protect them. I am able to swim with head sores by using a snug swimming cap (that doesn't leak). But I've been sidelined for several months now with an infected toe. So if you tend to get a lot of open sores rather often, you might need to miss some classes. Inquire about their refund policy before registering, if missing classes might be a significant issue for you.
Warm Hugs,

Shelley Ensz
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 06:00 PM

Hi all,

This is one thing I would love to do--I have a club nearby with a warm water pool that offers the Arthritis Foundation's classes. However, I have an allergy to chlorine. I also have mild/moderate ILD. Between the two, it's not a good idea for me to hang out in a pool environment breathing chlorine vapors! So that's something to be aware of....sorry to be a 'downer'. :(

xoxo emmie

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 05:31 AM

There are a lot of public pools that are switching to "salt water", instead of chlorine. Maybe call the pools in your area to find out if there are any nearby.
Oddone - Spouse - 38 yr old Husband diagnosed October 2006, Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma
Normal PFT(July 06), ECG(Nov/06)

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 06:32 PM

I never heard of that. Very interesting...I will check it out. Then my next mission will be to find a ride! Thanks for the new info, oddone's spouse. hope hubby is doing well, and yourself of course too!

xoxo emmie