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 is now known to be effective in the treatment of weakened muscles, age-related ailments, and athletic injuries. 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. For anybody considering to join the field of physical therapy, aquatic therapy is an area that they may want to specialize in their training.
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. Staying in good health, exercising is key even to recovering from any sickness but if your physical condition is poor or if you are injured it can be hard to exercise. Water helps in building resistance which assists in strength and endurance building as well as low impact exercises. You do not have to strain lifting weights or use resistance machines while doing water exercises.
Normally, aquatic therapy is done in warm water which has ample space for the patient to enjoy full motion range. Relaxed exercises are carried out with water surrounding the patient. There is no swelling the joints or the feet as blood circulates from the heart to the legs. 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. Almost every physical therapy patients stand to benefit from the relaxation of aquatic therapy and their self-esteem, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance are increased.
Finally, aquatic exercises are using water as the main method of exercising. You can do aquatic therapy on its own, or you can incorporate other exercises that are health related. A patient can achieve an intensive workout and enjoy increased resistance in water if buoyancy belts, dumbbells, aqua mitts, and noodles are included while doing aquatic physical therapy.