Hydrotherapy, Aquatic Therapy, Water or Pool Therapy
Aquatic bodywork consists of an exercise and therapy program performed in body temperature water. This beneficial form of bodywork recognized for its potential to promote well-being, reduce anxiety and alleviate chronic pain.
The physical properties of water, which create a perfectly safe environment for rehabilitation and healing, include:
- Hydrostatic pressure
This makes the Thermal Aquatic bodywork a multi-dimensional intervention, along with powerful techniques designed to enhance your mind’s capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms in a way that can not accomplished on land.
The warmth of the water experience during Thermal Aquatic Bodywork assists in:
- Relaxing muscles
- Widening blood vessels
- Increasing blood flow to injured areas
People with muscle spasms, Cerebral Palsy, pain, and fibromyalgia find this aspect of Thermal Aquatic Bodywork especially therapeutic.
While submerged in water, buoyancy assists in supporting your weight. This decreases the amount of weight bearing which reduces the force of stress placed on the joints. This aspect of Thermal Aquatic Bodywork is especially useful for:
- People with arthritis
- Healing fractured bones
- Overweight persons
It is easier and less painful to perform exercises by decreasing the amount of joint stress.
The viscosity of water provides an excellent source of resistance that can be easily incorporated into a Thermal Aquatic Bodywork and exercise program.
- Resistance allows for muscle strengthening without the need of weights.
- Using resistance coupled with the water’s buoyancy allows you to strengthen muscle groups with decreased joint stress that can not be experienced on land.
Thermal Aquatic Bodywork also utilizes hydrostatic pressure to decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. The hydrostatic pressure produces a 90 degree force to the body’s surface.
- This pressure provides joint positional awareness, so that the proprioception is improved. This is important for people who have experienced joint sprains, as when ligaments are torn, our proprioception becomes decreased.
- The hydrostatic pressure also assists in decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling that results after injury or with arthritic disorders.