Suffer from arthritis? Enjoy swimming? In addition to the relaxation and fun that comes along with splashing around in a pool, physiotherapy can be enhanced with pool exercise. It’s a win-win situation! Exercising in a pool has been done for years with classes such as aqua-fit to get the heartrate up, and provide a safe environment to increase cardiovascular fitness while being gently on the joints. Aqua-fit classes are offered at many local community centres, and the YMCA. Although they offer a great workout, most classes are designed for uninjured people. How can you get the benefits of the water (and there are many) if you are rehabilitating an injury, or have recently had orthopedic surgery?
Aqua-Therapy exercises are designed for just that! They are designed and modified to use the water as resistance, to reduce the body weight felt on the joints, to increase ease of motion, reduce swelling, and provide a safe progression to land exercises. Aqua-therapy exercises and techniques can help add variety to your therapeutic regime and offer progression in your movement that may be challenging on dry land.
Recent research has found that aqua-therapy has positive effects on pain, disability, and overall quality of life in people with knee and hip osteoarthritis, total knee replacement, total hip replacement, and after rotator cuff repair due to improved function, range of motion, and decreased swelling. What that means, is by adding in just a few water based exercises into your therapy program we can move along your recovery and help you reach your therapy goals sooner.
By now you must be wondering how you can begin to incorporate aqua-therapy into your rehab. If you have access to a pool regularly, the physiotherapists at ISM Rehab can determine if aqua-therapy is appropriate for your injury and stage of rehabilitation, as well as select and teach you (on dry land) the aqua-therapy exercises that will work for you.