Is Water Therapy Right For Me?
Water therapy exercise programs include a variety of treatments and exercises meant to be done in a pool. Aquatic exercises provide relief from lower back and neck pain, while also preventing further injury.
Benefits of aquatic therapy
The properties of water are what make it a great medium to exercise in. Water counteracts gravity and helps support your weight in a more controlled fashion as you’re immersed because of it’s buoyancy. This can help with balance and strength. Water’s buoyancy also allows for a greater range of motion. This can give you the freedom to try out new positions. Ones you might not be able to do outside of water.
Water therapy provides resistance with gentle friction. This can allow for strengthening and conditioning of an injury, while reducing the risk of further injury from a loss of balance. It can provide you with a regimen that can minimize the weight placed on your spine (axial load) and reduces your risk of injury from unintended movements.
Your perception of pain may seem less, as well, as a result of the relaxing sounds and the pleasurable warmth provided by the pool water.
Water therapy isn’t a limitation. It’s just a great place to start before heading into land-based exercises. Ask your chiropractor if water therapy is right for you!