Hemorrhoids can be a literal pain, but they don’t have to completely alter your life. While you may not feel like exercising, moving your body is one of the best kinds of therapy for hemorrhoids. Walking, aerobics, yoga and Zumba are just a few exercises that you can do to improve your overall health, but is there an exercise that is especially beneficial? Swimming is a perfect exercise for hemorrhoid sufferers.
Hemorrhoids form when blood vessels around the rectum area become swollen, inflamed, itchy and sore. Swimming increases blood circulation and tones the muscles in your entire body. This is especially helpful for people who suffer from hemorrhoids because the swollen and stretched vessels have poor circulation and blood can pool in the vessels. When you exercise, oxygen and nutrients flow through all arteries, veins and vessels including the anal and rectal area. Increased blood flow helps reduce the severity of hemorrhoids.
Certain strokes might be more comfortable than others. The breast stroke will cause less friction to the perineal area than freestyle or backstroke, so this stroke might be the most comfortable when hemorrhoids are particulary painful. The water is soothing and shock-absorbing so there is no impact to the body at all. Water also has healing properties and brings relief to sore tissue (Source: hemorrhoidcurenow.org).
There is no reason that anyone suffering from hemorrhoids should not swim either for exercise, therapy or enjoyment. However, if you have concerns, talk to your doctor. If you have added swimming to your exercise regime, give it a try. It really is a whole-body workout and it makes you feel refreshed and invigorated while healing your hemorrhoids from the inside out.