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    Tax Deductible Gym
    UWSNYCWoman posted:
    I was just diagnosed with severe arthritis of the spine. A Registered Nurse with my health plan recommended water exercises. I live in Manhattan. The nearest gym with a pool is not cheap, but is it tax deductible if my physiatrist prescribes it?
    Anon_596 responded:
    While each state may have differing tax guideliines, I live in WI, my tax acct. said as long as I have something in writting stating that I needed to have a certain type of therapy and can obtain it from a gym or where ever that it is tax deductible. How much I don't know. I also have received reduced rates if not free with such a letter or written script from my Dr. A copy will need to be submited with your taxes.

    I have also had the same tax deduction with certain items of my diet due to intolerance of medication for high cholesterol.

    Hope this helps.
    georgia888 responded:
    I live in western NY & do know that such therapy, with written recommendation from a health care provider, may be tax deductible if your total health care costs meet the required amount (not certain of that figure). Be sure to save all receipts for co-pays & also for any other expenses related to your health care.

    I, too, have severe arthritis & use a warm water pool at the local gym daily. It is my best medicine. Others at the pool suffer with the same or similar conditions & agree that aqua therapy truly helps with flexibility & improved mobility throughout the day. It's worth every cent of the membership fees. I have been able to postpone recommended surgery as a result of the water therapy.

    Best of luck to you.

    davedsel replied to georgia888's response:
    Hello, georgia.

    I believe we have communicated on the WebMD Back Pain Community.

    I also live in Western New York. I would love to know what gym you are going to for the hydrotherapy. If you are willng, could you please send me an e-mail at regarding this? Thank you very much.
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    georgia888 replied to davedsel's response:
    Hello Dave,
    While following these pain communities, I feel as though I've come to know such regulars as you. You consistently offer valuable advice & although we may no longer have the presence of the "experts," visitors like you, Joy, etc. are equally as good.

    I feel especially close to you realizing you are a geographic neighbor. However, I believe you are a bit more west at your Buffalo residence in that I reside in a suburb of Rochester.

    That being said, if you are still interested in the name of the gym, do let me know & I will share that with you. It's my understanding that a truly heated therapeutic pool is almost rare. We recently had a visitor from Chicago who commented that there's no such pool in that area. "Our" pool is kept at 89 degrees & is treated with salt as opposed to chlorine. It is my best medicine.

    Because the pool here is extremely popular among the many arthritic, etc. sufferers, I would have to believe that it would fare well in any location, especially in view of the aging baby boomers.

    Keep on writing - I look for your comments!

    Thank you,
    davedsel replied to georgia888's response:
    Thank you for your reply, Georgia.

    Yes, go ahead and e-mail me the name of the gym. It may be worth a drive to get some relief.

    I had several physical therapy sessions at a place near Lockport with a heated pool last summer. It went well, but really did not provide any sustained pain relief. We have a hot tub that we are trying to sell. My wife is also disabled due to her work-related back injury and maintaining the hot tub is now extremely difficult if not impossible. Ultimately I would love a walk-in whirlpool tub in our bathroom and am researching funding options for that.

    Great to chat with you again.
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