Aquatic therapy can reduce pain and pressure while providing an effective workout.

When you’re struggling with joint pain, gravity can make exercise an unpleasant experience. But exercising in water, also known as aquatic therapy, can change all that. “It enables you to do many of the same exercises you’d do on land without applying the same force on your joints,” says Gayle Olson, a certified athletic trainer at the Sports Performance Center at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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