What Is Aquatic Therapy?

Most of us know that water is really beneficial for our health. But water is also very beneficial to bathe and exercise in. Aquatic therapy involves a series of workouts in addition to your regular workout routine. This type of exercise is also very helpful for those trying to recover from serious injuries or exhausting physical workout routines. Aquatic therapy is also called aqua therapy. So what are the health benefits of aquatic therapy? 

First Three Health Benefits Of Working Out In Water

First of all, being in the water provides buoyancy or help and support to muscles and joints that are weak. You can move easily while you are in the water without all the added pressure or stress on muscles, bones, or joints. 

Secondly, this type of physical workout works best in a heated pool. The warm water in the heated pool relaxes all the muscles and allows the patient to have an increased range of motion with their joints.

Also, when we are in water, the pressure in the water helps to circulate the blood throughout the body. This action reduces swelling in our ankles and joints. With that swelling reduced, the tenderness in the joints decreases and you are left with an increase in your range of motion. Isn’t that a great benefit?

Stress Reduction Strategies

We all have stress in our lives. But the key is to cut stress so that it does not become such a burden in our lives. Such a program is especially beneficial for cerebral palsy sufferers like me and many other people in the United States. If you have arthritis, aquatic exercise is also beneficial for you and the 50 million others in the United States that suffer from the condition. So how do you cut stress by aquatic exercise?

First of all, just being in the water with an instructor or therapist that you can trust is the first thing. They will help come up with an exercise program that is right for you. Also, because of the fact that we are more buoyant in the water, that reduces our stress level especially on the muscles of the body. But even before that, you have to come up with the decision that you want to live a life of lower stress and higher quality. If there is one thing that is critical to remember, it is that there is always a solution for everything in life. The possibilities are out there especially for stress reduction. You will be successful at increasing your flexibility and range of motion if you have lost it through age, injuries, or other factors. 

Next, do not assume that it will not work. You should give aquatic exercise a chance to work and it most likely will. Whatever you think about, you bring about so focus on what you want which in this case is to cut your stress level with aquatic exercise.

Next, you can strengthen your muscles in the water combined with the buoyancy and have less stress on your joints. The more relaxed that you are physically, you will also be less stressed mentally because then you will feel better. And lastly, the deeper that a muscle is inside the water, there is greater force placed on that muscle. This results in the veins being better and brings about a more comfortable and bearable compression. This leads to better joints and a decrease in soft tissue edema. The water’s contact on the skin will also help you become more aware of where your arms and legs are. Contact with the water really helps those people who are having difficulties with their posture due to arthritis or even cerebral palsy. The water definitely helps you weigh less, thus helping you stabilize yourself especially if you use a strap on your legs to make you walk better. These are a few tips to help you cut your stress levels and live a life of higher quality. Good luck!!

Other Major Health Benefits

 

Aquatic Therapy Patients in WaterCredit: Shutterstock
  • An improved bodily function[1]
  • Improved sleep habits[1]
  • Release of natural mood boosting chemicals that will help you feel better[1]
  • Raises a person's pain threshold[1]
  • Helps with weight loss[1]

 And depending on the therapist, the exercises that you will do can vary.

There are certain aspects of aqua therapy that differ greatly from exercises done outside of the water. Let us consider an obvious example here. Aquatic workouts prevent the muscles and bones of the body from being under excess pressure and the increased weight on the body. In addition to this, when our heels hit the ground when we exercise, the weight of our bodies is increases by five times. That’s quite an increase in weight and that increase leads to soreness and fatigue if exercise is too strenuous.

When you suffer injuries, it is difficult to find exercises that will allow you to keep up your fitness routine without risking further injury or damage to your muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. That is why doing exercises in the water is so important. The buoyant nature of the water allows the person to exercise without damaging their muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments.

Further research and studies have shown that water therapy is also good when you want to have your muscles massaged and soothed. Water therapy is also beneficial if you want to exercise in a heated pool in cold weather or if you want to exercise in a cold pool or lake in very hot weather outdoors. And of course, many people find water therapy really enjoyable, relaxing, and an instant source of pleasure. Aquatic therapy is one of the best ways to invest in your body, mind, and spirit. The stress reduction aspect of aquatic therapy is very important so that is the next and most important part of any exercise routine.