The Benefits of Aquatherapy
Aquatherapy is a form of monitored exercise and therapy that is performed in a warm pool. It is ideal for most musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. As an example, Physiotherapists often refer patients to this form of therapy who have arthritis and fibromyalgia as well as for post-operative treatment. In fact, studies have shown that attending aquatherapy 2 to 3 times per week can decrease the pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia up to 40%.
There are many reasons why receiving therapy in the warm water is so effective. Performing exercises in the warmth loosens joints, decreases swelling and inflammation, increases circulation, and stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints.
Also, water is 12 times more resistant than air which means it is much more efficient to exercise in this manner. However, in water, the force of gravity placed upon your body is decreased and there is 360° of support for your limbs. This means that there is less stress and pressure placed upon your healing muscles and joints. In essence, you are working harder, but it is easier on your body which leads to less pain not just during therapy, but extending past it as well. It also means that you can actually exercise for longer. Where on land you may only be able to perform exercise for 10 minutes, in water you can exercise for 30-45 minutes.
Being able to extend your therapy means that you can reap all of the benefits of aquatherapy. They include increased flexibility, increased joint movement, and strengthened muscles and joints. There are even some secondary benefits including an emotional boost and improved sleep patterns.
Aquatherapy can benefit most physiotherapy patients, but it is especially effective in the elderly and overweight as there is less risk of falling and less stress on joints.
At Gateway Physiotherapy, your physiotherapist is in the water with you. Sessions are held at the YMCA therapy pool. You do not need to know how to swim and your head will never be under water.
If you think that Aquatherapy might be a great form of treatment for you, give us a call at 705-474-4440.