The size of our pool is 8′ x 10′. Two different depths, 4 foot and 5 foot, allow for different exercise options.
Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves performing exercises in the water. Aquatic therapy is especially beneficial for people who have difficulty with weight bearing activities due to arthritis, recent fracture, sprains, or their weight. Exercising in the water provides several benefits that exercise on land can not.
Buoyancy of the water provides an unloading of the weight bearing joints of the spine, knee, and hips. This is helpful for those who can not tolerate exercising on land due to joint pain. Water also provides assistance and resistance while exercising so that one can progress through various levels of activity while increasing strength.
Aquatic Therapy and Strengthening:
Aquatic therapy can help one build strength in weak and injured muscles. Initially exercises can be performed in the direction of assistance. When strength progresses, the exercise can be modified to occur in a non resistant pattern, and finally against the resistance of the water. This unique feature is difficult to achieve while exercising on “land.”
Aquatic Therapy and Healing:
Aquatic therapy also can help promote healing to the site of injury. By exercising in warm water, vasodilation of the blood vessels occurs. This will increase blood flow to the injury and result in increase oxygen delivery and healing of damaged tissue.