Arthritic conditions can last for many years or seemingly come and go. Warm water has a soothing effect on muscles and joints that can aid in the management of arthritis. The buoyancy of water reduces pressure on the joints, helps relax sore muscles and eases stiff joints. This makes it possible to perform range of motion exercises without worrying about falling or causing further pain.
Chronic pain is a recurring pain of any kind that persists for months to years. This can be due to an injury, disease or some other stress on the body. Hydrotherapy is very effective for relieving chronic pain due to the way the body interacts with the water. The warm temperature of the pool stimulates the nerves, which relaxes soft tissue and increases blood circulation. The stabilisation and buoyancy of the water allows freedom of movement and reduces the amount of weight that the body needs to support.
Clients who are rehabilitating from central nervous disorders want to regain independence or prevent dependence. It’s common for those who have suffered from stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or Parkinson’s disease to experience imbalance or have a limited range of motion in certain joints. Once in water, our Sports Focus physiotherapists have seen these clients increase their range of motion and stability thanks to the warmth and buoyancy of the water.
To successfully remove from orthopedic surgery, you must increase the flexibility of joints and muscles in the affected area, as well as increase mobility to prevent stiffness. This makes hydrotherapy a great addition to your post-surgery rehabilitation program. Standing in water reduces your body weight by up to 80%. This enables you to perform stretches and movements without straining the affected areas.
If you can’t swim, don’t let that keep you from hydrotherapy. Sports Focus Physiotherapy provides safe hydrotherapy treatment regardless of swimming ability. Our aquatic physiotherapy classes are designed to help you feel secure and safe.
If you are interested in hydrotherapy, please find out more or book your appointment online today.