Water Exercise for a Healthier Spine
There is a wide variety of treatments for spinal problems. However, one of the most intriguing methods is performing exercises in a pool. This is known as a water therapy exercise program. With this therapy, all the treatments are performed in the pool which are all designed to promote relief from low back pain or neck pain. In addition, it also is effective in keeping bones stronger and helps avoid future back pain conditions.
Some people cannot tolerate land based exercises because of the pain felt or decreasing density of the bone, disability and etc. When the drills are done in water, exercise becomes a versatile activity. This method is also good for people for those who experiencing the following conditions:
- Osteoporosis, advanced stage
- Muscle strain or tears
Furthermore, water therapy is also good for people with diabetes and hypertension. A number of cases improved and became more manageable with aquatic exercises as water provides a gentler and welcoming environment.
What are the benefits of Water Exercise?
Water therapy is beneficial to the health due to essential properties of water that makes exercise easier:
- Water is buoyant. This is the main reason why water can support the weight of patient in a controlled manner when immersed in water. It also helps improve one’s balance and strength. Water buoyancy allows a client o move to different positions since the gravitational forces are virtually eliminated by this water component.
- Water is viscous. Although water produces resistance, it does not hurt the client as it is carried out with gentler friction. This reduces the risk of further injury due to a loss of balance as exercises with resistance tend to make a muscle and bone stronger.
- Pressure of water improves heart and lung friction. In addition it also increases circulation of blood in the muscles.
Who should avoid water exercise?
People with the following condition are not allowed to undergo water therapy:
- Severe heart failure
Pool Water Exercises
The techniques performed in water therapy should be tailored to fit the individual needs and capacity. Of course, the condition should always be considered. Some basic exercises used for hydrotherapy includes the following:
- Knee-to-chest exercise – strengthen the muscles in the leg, hip and lower back. Also, this drill stretches these body parts that make the muscles and joints flexible.
- Leg raise exercise
- Wall facing leg stretch exercise
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