Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
(Available at our Ironton Location)
- Buoyancy: Water’s buoyant force reduces the effects of gravity on the body, making it easier to move and exercise. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with weight-bearing restrictions, such as those recovering from joint surgeries and injuries.
- Low Impact: The water’s buoyancy also reduces the impact and stress on joints, muscles, and bones. This makes aquatic therapy suitable for people with conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or other musculoskeletal problems, as it minimizes the risk of further injury.
- Resistance: Water provides natural resistance in all directions, requiring muscles to work harder during movements. The resistance helps in building strength, improving endurance, and enhancing overall muscle tone.
- Cardiovascular Conditioning: Aquatic therapy can be used to improve cardiovascular fitness. PErforming aerobic exercises in the water challenges the cardiovascular system while minimizing the impact on joints.
- Pain Reduction: The warm water used in aquatic therapy can help relax muscles and alleviate pain. Warm water can also improve blood circulation, leading to reduced muscle stiffness and enhanced healing.
- Balance and Coordination: The varying resistance and instability of water challenge balance and coordination. Aquatic therapy can help improve these skills, which are crucial for preventing falls and injuries, especially in ilder adults.