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Warm water helps arthritis patients

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Warm water is said to ease arthritis pain. (Source: CNN) Warm water is said to ease arthritis pain. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Warm water is helping people with arthritis.

Three times a week, for the past three and a half years, Paula Mason has been at the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program.

“When I don't come to the class, I can tell. I don't have nearly as much range of movement, and endurance,” Mason said,

Mason is one of millions of Americans with arthritis. It affects people of all ages. The disease damages joints in the body, making movement sometimes painful and sometimes even impossible.

Arthritis Aquatic Therapy is a joint range of motion and flexibility class designed to help people with arthritis enhance their quality of life and to have less associated pain.

A therapy pool offers participants several benefits: allowing their bodies to warm up to the movement, greater blood flow, warmer muscles, warmer joints for greater fluid and range of motion.

The water allows for resistance to their movements, which will provide them a level of strength from the activity.

And they can exercise without fear of falling, and injuring themselves.

To Mason the class has been life-changing.

“I'm a lot happier 'cause I'm able to exercise my whole body. It's opened up a lot of activity for me in my life,” she said.

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