When people told me about aquatic therapy, I didn’t really understand the point. I mean, yeah the pool is great and all but standing around and doing little exercises in it didn’t seem very appealing or useful.
Call me wrong, so very very wrong.
I feel amazing after being in the pool. Usually I’ll do about 20 minutes of deep water jogging and/or bicycling, coupled with some scissor & jumping jack exercises. I also do some water walking, backward/forward/sideways. I do aqua therapy in PT once a week and afterward I get 10 minutes in this amazing whirlpool which feels SO good on my poor tight muscles. Outside of PT I try to go to the pool once or twice extra a week. It is seriously SO therapeutic. I definitely recommend it to those who are having this surgery or have had it.
Here are some benefits of aquatic therapy:
– Reduces pressure on joints. Water waist deep takes off 50% of weight. chest deep takes off 70% of weight, and when you are floating you basically weigh nothing!
– Buoyancy. Allows you to do things in the water you wouldn’t be able to do on land.
– Reduced swelling/Compression. I read somewhere that due to the pressure of the water that it’s basically like an ace wrap bandage x 6. The hydrostatic pressure of the water also helps get the fluid from your joints into your vascular system, which you eventually urinate out. Neat, huh?
– Increases Circulation. See above.
Many other benefits, but those are the ones that directly help me.
Here is a link that shows some good exercises to do in the pool, in case you were looking for some!
*Disclaimer: This is not my website, this is a physical therapist from the UK who put this on her website. Great information.*