The Healing Properties of Water
The physical properties of water diminish the effects of gravity, allowing for:
- Earlier movement of the limbs and functional mobility training
- Reduction of pain
- Muscle relaxation
- Improved flexibility
Improved cardiovascular endurance Pressure relief and improved circulation Improved balance and coordination Increased strength
Immersed in chest-high water, people bear only 20 percent of their body weight on their legs. The remaining 80 percent is supported by the buoyant environment of the water. Warmer temperatures relax muscles, making for a better workout.
Exercise in the water also provides more of a workout than exercise on land. One hour of land aerobic exercise is equal to 30 minutes of water aerobic exercise.
Aquatic therapy offers people various levels of water exercise and adapted swimming, as recommended by their physicians. In Gaylord's program, each patient receives individualized therapy that may include:
- Strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Endurance training
- Gait training
- Modified swimming instruction
- Pain reduction
- Balance and coordination activities