Dealing with a new or existing injury is never easy. Suddenly even moving around your own home is difficult, and all you want to do is get back to normal life. There many different therapies you can use to help you in your recovery, and get you back to normal as soon as possible, our favourite being aqua therapy. Many advantages of using aqua therapy for your recovery will bring to your attention in this blog post.
What is Aqua Therapy?
Aqua therapy is a type of therapy that takes place in the swimming pool. It’s a great alternative therapy to invasive or painful land-based therapies, or as a complementary therapy as you work with your doctor or physiotherapist to get back to full strength.
5 Advantages of Using Aqua Therapy for Your Recovery
Suitable for Everyone
The main benefit of aqua therapy is that it is suitable for just about everyone, regardless of age, ability, fitness level, or injury. Once you are in the water it takes your weight for you, meaning you are free to gently work on your recovery, without the stress of your full body weight.
While other methods of therapy are often relaxing, they are also often painful. Our pool is heated to 32 degrees Celsius, so you’ll be pleasantly warm, and the gentle sounds of the water around you as you move is extremely soothing. Aqua therapy is all about gaining strength and flexibility, so you won’t have to grit your teeth in pain or wish for the session to be over. You will always leave the pool in a more relaxed state than you entered.
Decreases Pain and Discomfort
Aqua therapy helps improve mobility, release tense muscles, won’t add additional stress to repairing muscles, tendons, and ligaments, or bones and joints. If you are recovering from a serious injury, aqua therapy is often one of the first therapies you can start as it is so gentle on the body but will help maintain and improve muscular strength that can quickly be lost if you have been forced to be sedentary.
Increase Your Range of Motion
Aqua therapy is extremely beneficial for improving your range of motion and flexibility. This is because the water reduces some of the effects of gravity on the body, and so you’ll be able to stretch a little further than you could on land with more ease.
Increases Cardiovascular Fitness
Aqua therapy is a great way to increase your cardiovascular fitness and improve your heart’s health, without having to do high-impact exercise. The water provides a natural resistance that will increase your overall strength and fitness without putting extra stress on your joints.
If you think aqua therapy will aid in your recovery, why not visit Hydroactive and see if it’s right for you? To find out more about our aqua therapy services in Vaughan, and Barrie Ontario, click here.