Concentrating on Aquatic Physical Therapy
A lot of physical therapists are focusing on aquatic physical therapy today because it is known to give several benefits for big population segments. Aquatic physical therapy has shown to impact several sicknesses like athletic injuries, age-related ailments as well as weakened muscles and others. Physical therapists can use aquatic therapy in the reduction of pain, muscle and joint strains and body strengthening with minimal impact. People who are undergoing physical therapy can also specialize in the aquatic therapy field as it is a good field to enter into.
Just as the name suggests, aquatic therapy is the exercises and movements performed in the water. Movements done in water does not strain muscles, joints or bones as compared to when they are on dry land meaning that aquatic physical therapy is good for people with weak muscles and injuries. Exercise is vital aspect in remaining healthy and recovering from any sickness, however in case of injuries or general poor physical wellbeing either from age or other aspects, it can be hard to exercise. Water helps in building resistance which assists in strength and endurance building as well as low impact exercises. There are many benefits of water exercises which include not using resistance machines or strain while lifting weights.
For better results of aquatic therapy, and for the client to enjoy full motion, the pool has to be large, and the water should be warm. Patients will relax in their exercises if there is water surrounding them. Circulation of blood occurs from the legs to the heart and does not cause it swelling in the joints or the feet. During these exercises, the patient’s balance, flexibility, and strength are increased by the water resistance and water buoyancy offers support and resistance.
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. The strength and general cardiovascular health of a person suffering from arthritis can be improved through aquatic physical therapy. Aquatic physical therapy is beneficial to any physical therapy patient because they can relax from the sensations and there can be an increase in their self-esteem, balance, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.
In aquatic physical therapy the main exercises are done in water. 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.