USC Upstate News

Wellness Center to Offer Arthritis Water Exercise Program

05- 10- 2010

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will offer a water exercise program designed to help control and reduce arthritis pain starting June 1 in the Wellness Center pool, located in the Health Education Complex.

There are three sections of the program which will each run for two months, ending by July 30. All instructors are trained and certified by the American Arthritis Foundation, and all participants must have a signed prescription form their doctor indicating which sessions are recommended prior to the first class.

Developed specifically for people with arthritis, the arthritis water exercise program is gentle on the joints and has been proven in research studies to reduce arthritis pain and improve ability to do more daily activities. The program incorporates the buoyancy of water and the soothing warmth of a heated pool to make a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness. Gentle movements increase joint flexibility and range of motion while restoring or maintaining muscle strength. The ability to swim is not required.

Section A1 will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m., for 14 sessions. Section A2 will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. for 16 sessions. Section A3 will meet on Fridays from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. for 8 sessions. Rates for each session are based on whether the participant is a member of the Wellness Center. Participants can start at any time during these sessions and pay a drop-in rate.

For more information or to register, contact USC Upstateā€™s Wellness Center at (864) 503-5080, or visit the web site www.uscupstate.edu/wellness. Maya Carter, assistant director of wellness, can be reached for further information at (864)503-5079 or mcarter@uscupstate.edu.