Exercise to Maintain a Healthy Back & Neck
Certain types of exercise will be helpful to maintain a healthy back and neck as well as help you control pain during a flare-up.
Simple Exercise for Flexibility and Gentle Joint Movement
What is aquatic exercise?
Exercise performed in the water. Types of exercise may vary from walking in water to water aerobics, swimming, or water sports such as water polo or water volleyball.
Why participate into aquatic exercise?
Other reasons to participate in aquatic exercise?
To improve cardiovascular endurance
To facilitate weight management
To provide you a change of pace from your regular exercise routine
To encourage social activity exercising with friends or others in the same age group
How often should I participate in aquatic exercise?
2-3 times per week - begin with 20 minutes and gradually work up to 30-45 minutes each session
Where is aquatic exercise available?
At your local YMCA, health club or high school
Go by yourself, with a friend or participate in an organized class
You may stretch and/or strengthen a variety of muscle groups using water as resistance
Begin a formal walking program
Start out with brief, short walks at a comfortable pace, i.e., 2 times per day for 10 minutes. ver the next few weeks or months, progress to 1 walk daily for 30 minutes. Talk to your health care specialist for help in setting up a walking program that is designed for you.
SpineCare is a clinical program of
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin