Advertisement

Is water therapy a type of resistance exercise for those with RA?

Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali, CPT,NASM Elite Trainer
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends water aerobics as a mode of cardiorespiratory training for individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis

Their recommendation for resistance training, also known as strength training is the following:

 

  1. Circuit training
  2. Free weights
  3. Weight machines
  4. Elastic bands
  5. Isometric exercises

The ACSM recommends one or more sets of 2-3 reps initially, building to 10 repetitions 2-3 days per week.

Hope this is of help to you.

 

Reference:  ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities - Third Edition

Continue Learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment and Remission
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment and Remission
The definition of remission for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)—as well as how many people with RA truly reach remission—is heavily debated. Rat...
Read More
When is knee replacement surgery for RA recommended?
Howard J. Luks, MDHoward J. Luks, MD
The indications for a knee replacement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis are not very different ...
More Answers
What specialists treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
RealAgeRealAge
The following healthcare professionals treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA): Primary care physicians a...
More Answers
Do Any Alternative Therapies Work for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Do Any Alternative Therapies Work for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.