Of all the exercising methods out there, I haven’t come across anything that beats aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy utilizes water to attain physical therapy goals and it is the most stress free and safest form that I’ve come across. I haven’t found anything that can beat the pool therapy that creates a near zero-gravity setting. Buoyancy allows me to perform a lot of exercises without worrying about hurting myself. There is no fear of falling when working out in the pool.
When I’m submerged in the water my weight drops by about 90% so any ankle, knee or joint issues feel much more relieved. The other nice thing about buoyancy is the fact that water it makes it easy for me to practice my motions and regain my flexibility. This is perfect for people with arthritis and chronic diseases. You don’t even need to know how to swim, just exercise in the water.
Hydrostatic pressure is another big water therapy quirk. When I’m almost completely submerged in water, blood circulation immediately improves. I get decreased swelling of any parts of the lower body extremities. It’s pretty amazing that being in the water can just improve your circulation just like that.
Buoyancy is what makes all those awkward physical joint exercises become a lot more easier and smoother. Ideally, therapy pools should be heated between 92 and 96 degrees. The warmth of the water in therapeutic pools and the soothing effects help in loosening stiff muscles, especially for arthritis patients. High temperatures combined with the ease of movement highly contribute to improved blood flow to painful and injured areas. In particular, this can be very beneficial for those suffering from back pain and muscle spasms. By exercising in the pool, vasodilation of the blood vessels takes place. This is what increases blood flow to the injured areas resulting in increased oxygen and delivery of nutrients alongside the removal of waste products. All of this facilitates the promotion of your healing process.