When part of an overall plan of rehabilitation, aquatic therapy has a number of advantages. For example the buoyancy of the water reduces the amount of pressure, or compressive forces, on your joints and spine. When the water is up to your shoulders, the weight pressing down on your body is reduced by 90%. Moreover the pressure of the water helps to move fluid from the injured area of the body. Water slows movements, which then decreases the incidence of pain.
Water offers a safe and pain-free setting for you to focus on regaining strength and joint range of motion. The progress of the rehabilitation in water is faster, in fact aerobic conditioning can often be performed in the water even when it may be too soon or too difficult to do in the gym. Staying stable in the water challenges your core and balance, and sports specific activity can being earlier that it can on land.
BENEFITS OF AQUATIC THERAPY IN REHABILITATION
Water rehabilitation exercise allow you to exercise and rehabilitate yourself without the jolting and sometimes painful experience of exercising on dry land. The buoyancy of water allows you to perform exercise without an significant impact on your body, according to The Stretching Institute. Water rehabilitation exercises allow you to maintain you fitness levels and recover from your injury. However, always consult your doctor before beginning water rehabilitation exercises.
It also good for sport and fitness: The main advantage of exercising in water is that it offers resistance in all directions, compared to land exercises where you work only against gravity. Because of the cushioning effect that water provides, this form of exercise is particularly beneficial to anyone at risk from bodily stress, including the elderly, overweight, or those recovering from soft tissue injury.