More than 50 million American adults have some form of doctor-diagnosed arthritis.
Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation offers popular water aerobics for arthritis classes to help patients experience the benefits of movement in a heated pool.
What Are Our Aquatic Exercise Classes Like?
Our arthritis pool classes are a fun way to exercise in a group setting. The classes are led by physical therapy aides and consist of an hour of gentle movements. These movements are designed to reduce pain and stiffness while increasing mobility and range of motion. They include leg movements, walking, arm movements and the use of pool floats of various sizes and shapes. The aides leading the class play music to make the hour even more enjoyable. Bacharach has accessible locker rooms so that people can change into swim wear before the classes.
Is Water Exercise Good for Arthritis?
According to the Arthritis Foundation, aquatic workouts (especially those in warm water) can help soothe pain, reduce the stress on joints during a workout and improve balance and range of motion. There are other arthritis pool classes in Atlantic County, but Bacharach is the only location with a heated therapy pool. The pool is heated to 94 degrees, providing comfort to people with arthrits, and increasing flexibility.
Participants report that the classes reduce pain and inflammation, and improve the all over quality of life. In surveys, many say that the weekly classes help them to manage their pain and stay active. Some have even indicated that the classes have helped them to maintain their mobility and independence so that they can continue to live safely at home.
How Much Does Pool Therapy Cost?
The one-hour classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 at Bacharach’s Main Campus in Pomona. The classes are open to anyone with a diagnosis of arthritis and the cost is $10.00 per class. However, residents of Atlantic County may qualify for ten free classes. To qualify for 10 free classes, seniors need to meet the requirements listed below:
- You must be a resident of Atlantic County
- You must be age 60 or older
- You must meet financial criteria
How Can I Sign Up for Arthritis Aquatic Classes?
Seniors who have any questions or are interested in applying for the free classes can call 609-748-5250 to receive information and an application. You can also download the application here.