Understanding How Aquatic Physical Therapy Works
Several physical therapists are concentrating on aquatic physical therapy nowadays as it has proved to have many advantages to many people across nations. Aquatic physical therapy has shown to impact several sicknesses like athletic injuries, age-related ailments as well as weakened muscles and others. Aquatic therapy can now be used by physical therapists to strengthen the body, reduce pain and reduce strain on muscles and joints with little impact. People who are undergoing physical therapy can also specialize in the aquatic therapy field as it is a good field to enter into.
As one may suspect going by the name, this is a therapy that incorporates the exercises and movements done in water. If you move in water, you do not strain your joints, bones and muscles as compared to when moving on dry making it good for people with weak muscles and injuries. Exercise is vital aspect in remaining healthy and recovering from any sickness, however in case of injuries or general poor physical wellbeing either from age or other aspects, it can be hard to exercise. Water helps in building resistance which assists in strength and endurance building as well as low impact exercises. These benefits are provided by exercising in water without straining while lifting weights or use of resistance machines.
For better results of aquatic therapy, and for the client to enjoy full motion, the pool has to be large, and the water should be warm. Relaxed exercises are carried out with water surrounding the patient. There is circulation of blood from the heart to the legs without any swellings on the joints or the feet. Support and resistance is offered by water buoyancy and the patient’s strength, flexibility, and balance are increased by water resistance during the exercises.
You can introduce aquatic therapy in the lifestyle of a generally weak, overweight, aged or injured patient as it will help in building endurance, generally better health, agility, and strength. There are many benefits to athletes who add aquatic physical therapy during their training routine. Patients suffering from arthritis and other bone-related sicknesses can enhance their cardiovascular and strength with little strain on themselves. Aquatic physical therapy is beneficial to any physical therapy patient because they can relax from the sensations and there can be an increase in their self-esteem, balance, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.
Finally, aquatic exercises are using water as the main method of exercising. Aquatic physical therapy can be done alone or with other health-related exercises. All exercise performed in water with the water hydrodynamics either with water equipment like noodles, aqua mitts, dumbbells or buoyancy belts help in increasing resistance and achieves an intensive workout.