Aquatic Therapy vs Land Therapy

Why Aquatic Activities Are Much More Efficient And Healthy For You than Land Exercise…And What Are The Differences?

Water
Land
Minimal to no impact.High impact, resulting injuring to the joints.
Even if you are unable to stand on land, you are able to stand in the water.Inability to stand limited to chair or bed type exercises.
Everyone is equal in the water. No limitations based on age, body size, sex, or health-related limitations.Not everyone can keep up with land type classes.
Water supports the body; limited chance of falling.If you fall, there is potential for injury from the fall.
Moves will help heal injuries.Moves can potentially cause injuries.
Working in the water allows your heart to work more efficiently without working as hard.The heart has to work overtime to keep up with body requirements.
Helps to reduce swelling in joints.May irritate joint injuries.
Cooler and refreshing.Very warm and sweat inducing.
All movements use the total body.Some moves are specific to a certain part of the body; full body does not work with all movements.
Body does not hurt after class.Muscle pain may result, making movement difficult.
Turbulence gives you a body massage as you are working.You may have to go for a massage after the class.
Each movement requires you to push water, so you work harder to move your limbs.Very easy to move your limbs in the air, so results are harder to achieve.
Due to the resistance of water, your movements are slow and more precise; the use of muscles is more efficient.With land exercises, you move quickly and sometimes jerkily through the air.
Each move is concentric and eccentric, because of the absence of gravity you have to work to bring your arm down, otherwise it will float.Movements are concentric, but gravity lowers the limb down, so muscles are working in one direction.
The therapeutic advantages of water, such as buoyancy, thermal conductivity, and resistance can help you reach your therapy goals.You can only work on specific area of the body at a time.
For back pain, working out in the water is more tolerable, with less impact on the spine.Too much impact, which may potentially cause pain, discomfort and further damage.
Deep water exercise is almost like placing the back in traction.Because of gravity, there is compression on the back at all times.
Warmth, buoyancy and 3-dimensional support of water provide a safe environment for someone who has balance challenges.Air provides no support. You will have balancing challenges and spend more time worrying about balance than exercising.
Because of buoyancy, you weigh less, thus enabling free movement.Your weight may prevent participating in full or part in some movements.

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