HYDROTHERAPY: Water As A Workout!
And you don’t need to be able to swim!
Research is consistently showing hydrotherapy, or aquatic exercise, to be as effective as land-based exercise in reducing pain and improving function . It’s no wonder that hydrotherapy has been used as a treatment modality for hundreds of years!
- It’s low impact
Great for managing rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, those who have difficulties exercising on land due to impact or pain .
Relaxes muscles and relives joint stiffness .
- Assists with chronic conditions
Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia .
- Preparation for or rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery
- Facilitating recovery from certain strokes and brain injuries
But what really makes hydrotherapy so effective?
THE AMAZING PROPERTIES OF WATER
Buoyancy – The deeper you are submerged in water, the less you weigh. Exercising in water lessens the effects of impact exercise and relieves the joints of much of your bodyweight  . Hence, one can tolerate a variety of exercise with better endurance, technique and reduced or no pain.
Heat – Hydrotherapy pools measure around 34°C in temperature, much warmer than your average lap pool! Heat increases circulation through the body, which can relieve muscle tightness and relieve stiffness in … read more »