Because aquatic physical therapy has proven to have several strong points to the huge population that is why several therapists are now specializing in it. Aquatic physical therapy is now known to be effective in the treatment of weakened muscles, age-related ailments, and athletic injuries. Physical therapists can use aquatic therapy in the reduction of pain, muscle and joint strains and body strengthening with minimal 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.
Just as the name suggests, aquatic therapy is the exercises and movements performed in the water. By moving in water, unlike on dry land, there is less strain muscles, bones and joints so it is ideal for body injuries and weakened muscles. 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. These benefits are provided by exercising in water without straining while lifting weights or use of resistance machines.
As a rule, aquatic therapy is carried out in warm water and in a big pool so that the client has ample space for motion. When water in the pool surrounds the patient they are able to do the exercises more relaxed. Circulation of blood occurs from the legs to the heart and does not cause it swelling in the joints or the feet. Support and resistance is offered by water buoyancy and the patient’s strength, flexibility, and balance are increased by water resistance during the exercises.
General good health, endurance strength, and agility can be built if a weak, overweight, injured or aged person starts aquatic physical therapy and adopts it as their lifestyle. If training athletes include aquatic therapy in their training the benefits can be worthwhile. 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.
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. All exercise performed in water with the water hydrodynamics either with water equipment like noodles, aqua mitts, dumbbells or buoyancy belts help in increasing resistance and achieves an intensive workout.