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Implementing Aqua Therapy to Recover from Injuries

Updated: Mar 30

Often, it becomes hard for individuals who suffer from muscle, bone, and as well as tendon injuries to attend the rehabilitation process. This is because patients feel constant pain, less strength and they often fear that the movements can make the injury even worse. However, by implementing aqua therapy sessions as a part of the rehabilitation process you can get back on your feet easily.

Reduces body weight

In general, the buoyancy property of water supports your body and reduces its weight. When you are underwater up to 90% of the weight is taken from your lower body joints alone. Therefore you will feel easier to perform movements and exercises in water than doing it on land. The latest equipment that is utilized in Hydroactive will enable a runner with a stress fracture, or a hockey player suffering from torn quadriceps to run sooner during their rehabilitation procedure.

The injured area gets mobilized

In every direction underwater, there is resistance. The compressive weight-bearing stress that your joints experience on land is reduced by water thanks to its features. Since it improves both ranges of movement and strength of muscles, it is possible to perform a functional exercise in the water.

Our therapists also implement a combination of jumping, agility and dynamic movements, which helps to further strengthen and mobilize the injured area.

Also, the body tends to compensate to perform some certain movements when we are it stays of activity for some time due to a bone fracture, or a muscle tear. In this scenario, the brain aims to come up with new movements, which is possibly incorrect, to compensate for the injury.

However, at Hydroactive we can monitor your movements like, jumps, run or even squat mechanics in real-time feedback to make sure that you heal with proper mechanics.

Hydrotherapy can help to create new nervous system pathways

During the water therapy sessions at Hydroactive, not only your muscles will work hard, but also, your brain and as well as central nervous system make a significant effort to create new connections and strengthen existing ones.

The nervous system feedback loops have balancing mechanisms. These mechanisms can be challenged by implementing exercises that will help you to improve your proprioception.

Corrective movement feedback will also support the function of the promotor cortex of the brain to improve and develop. Certain movements become easier as you keep performing them correctly. As result, the patient’s motor cortex will be ready to activate and guide him or her through a successful transition which shows that the patient is ready to transition from water to land.

Reducing pain and relieving symptoms

Aqua therapy can help to reduce pain and relieve symptoms in a number of disorders. According to the research carried out by Bressel, a 6-week aquatic treadmill exercise program helps to significantly reduce joint pain and improve balance, function and as well as mobility in patients who suffered from osteoarthritis.

In addition, the same improvements have also been recorded for patients with fibromyalgia, post-op ACL tears. Rehabilitation in the pool has also given similar benefits to individuals who had suffered a stroke.

Generally, with weight-bearing, individuals find it harder to perform activities associated with pre/post-surgery, with chronic (old) or acute (new) injuries, and as well as muscle imbalances.

However, aqua therapy allows them to feel less pain while exercising to recover.  Aquatic therapy sessions can also help individuals to put them in a positive, motivated and happy state of mind. While injuries force you to stay indoors, aqua therapy does the opposite.

Your self-confidence increases as you become stronger, mobile and happier again. Aquatic therapy has many benefits on quality of life across many individuals and persons suffering from certain injuries.

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