Exercising in a pool has many benefits. It puts less stress on your joints than exercising on land. The warmth helps relax muscles, and the buoyancy allows for easier movement during exercise. The pressure of the water around your joints can reduce swelling, particularly in the joints of the legs and feet.
A supportive, warm-water environment is sometimes the best place to start for people with pain as it allows them to begin moving and exercising without aggravating their symptoms.
Patients who start in physical therapy may not be ready right away to participate in a land-based exercise program. Having access to our Olympic sized pool gives patients who need aquatic exercise a great starting point.
Once they progress through a complete aquatic program with a physical therapist, they may advance to Pilates-based rehabilitation, CoreAllign, or other forms of exercise.
That’s what’s nice about having a variety of exercise forms. People can get the exercise they need in a way that their body can handle. Sometimes aquatic physical therapy is a perfect starting point.
For more information about the services offered at Alpine Physical Therapy, including additional ideas on aquatic therapy, please visit our clinic website by clicking here.