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Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy has been effective since its inception. Thousands of years ago the ancient Romans and Greeks bathed in hot springs and took benefit of relaxation and improved blood circulation. They understood the therapeutic properties of warm water, which helped increase the flexibility and reduce body pain.

The scientists have made great progress in researching and applying the therapeutic benefits of aquatic therapy but there is still a lot more to discover. Aquatic therapy can help people with:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Chronic pain
  3. Back pain
  4. Orthopedic disorders
  5. Sports rehabilitation
  6. Post surgical cases
  7. Impaired balance disorders and many more

The unique properties of water can greatly benefit individuals with musculoskeletal disorders. The resistance and buoyancy of water, together provides the safe environment during exercise. Patients who face difficulty in exercising on hard surface may find aquatic therapy comfortable to gain endurance & strength.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Better Joint flexibility

  • Water’s buoyancy reduces the gravitational pull and allows better range of motion for joints.
  • Letting your body float in water makes body movements less painful and easier.
  • Tight and sore muscles benefits greatly with warm water.

Increased muscle strength

  • Weakened muscles can be strengthened due to 600-700 times more resistance present in water as compared to air.
  • Use equipment with bigger surface area for better strength training as water resists speedy movements.

Reduced pain

  • Warm water increases blood supply to sore muscles that increases comfort level and promotes relaxation.
  • Individuals can get additional comfort by reducing weight in weakened body part.

Better balance

  • Your body gets support from uniform pressure and buoyant force of water that gives you more time to react without getting hurt.

When to avoid aquatic therapy?

Though aquatic therapy has tremendous benefits, it should be avoided if a person has:

  • Hydrophobia,
  • Chlorine allergy,
  • Seizure disorders,
  • Non-healing ulcers,
  • Incontinence,
  • Open wounds or any other skin related disease.

Always ensure your safety before starting the aquatic therapy. Prefer having a professional with you for best results.

 

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