Water physical therapy refers to water exercises to treat various types of affections and injuries. It is also called aquatic rehabilitation, or simply hydrotherapy.

Water Physical Therapy

Water Therapy InfographicThe hydrotherapy has many health benefits over the traditional physical therapy. In addition to being relaxing and enjoyable it offers:

Support:

Water helps to support the weight of the body. This is great, because it allows people with limited range of motion to bend, stretch, and move easily. Those who cannot walk outside of the pool often find that they can enjoy water walking as a form of therapy and exercise.

Joint and muscle protection:

Water buoyancy protects injured and recovering joints from the damaging shock of motion. Exercising in water allows you to reap the benefits of rehabilitation exercises while protecting fragile joints and injured muscles from damage.

Efficiency:

The high level of resistance and hydro-static pressure, increase the intensity of exercises while being gentle on your body.

** In addition to all of the above, in hydrotherapy, you don’t need to use fancy, elaborate, expensive devices. Some simple noodles, water shoes and gloves will do their job to recover your body 🙂

Who can benefit from water physical therapy?

  • People who are recovering from surgery, injury or other medical conditions
  • Disabled and people with impaired vision, whether adults or children
  • Elderly or people who are seeking a gentle, effective exercise
    – As we age, joint pain can make traditional exercise more difficult
  • People or even animals with mobility problems
  • Sufferers from stress and depression
  • Those who want to lose weight or get fit
  • Anyone who wants to improve their physical abilities and fitness
    Water aerobics is just perfect for this
  • Kids of all ages
  • * Water can also be and ideal medium to give birth naturally will less pain.

Water physical therapy for medical conditions

Water physical therapy

Exercising in water has many applications and it’s especially beneficial to people who deal with physical health issues or conditions, including:

Arthritis treatments

elderly woman suffering from arthritis sitting in a wheelchair

Specialized healing centers like spa therapy resorts. offer bathing in mineral waters, along with hydro-massage and, mud wraps. YMCA or other recovery centers offer specifically design water exercises for arthritis sufferers too.

Water Exercising for people suffering from asthma

Elder person being helped by a water therapy specialist

Traditional exercises can often cause a person with asthma to become winded and struggle for breath. Slow paced, gentle aquatic rehabilitation exercises are best suited for those with asthma.

For asthmatic people, water exercising can:

  • enhance mucus clearance by increasing the muscles activity in the respiratory system,
  • improve lung capacity and circulation, while reducing the risk of asthma attacks during exercise.

Stress and Depression

Water Relaxation by Flotation

Flotation in water is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable feelings. It’s all about the sense of being weightless and almost losing the sense of reality. In specialized health centers for instance, you can use Flotation tanks (also known as isolation tanks), for meditation and relaxation.

  • Because of its density, salt water is also great for flotation – It sustains the body with almost no effort.
    Sea bathing has an increased benefit in recovering from stress, due to the marine environment.

Visually impaired people can also benefit from water

Swimming therapy

Being in a pool of water greatly increases the sense of touch. The water stimulates the surface of the skin, which transforms the sense of touch to a primary sense. This can give the visually impaired the confidence to move and interact in ways that are intimidating on dry land. Read more about physical water therapy benefits for the visually impaired.

Children health and development

“Playing in water can improve your child’s long-term mental and physical health in many ways. Moreover, kids involved in physically challenging activities have higher grades and better behavior.” – read more at: Water activities for kids


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