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Aquatic therapy continues to grow in popularity as a safe complement or alternative to traditional land-based therapy that is suitable for children and adults of all ages and fitness levels. The soothing properties of water appeal to those in search of treatment that can heal the body while improving rehabilitation timeframes, fitness levels or reducing overall stress levels.

Jump to Sections:

  • What is Aquatic Therapy?
  • History of Aquatic Therapy
  • Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
  • Conditions That Can Be Helped by Water Therapy
  • Safety of Aquatic Exercise Programs
  • Helping Clients Become Comfortable in the Water
  • Pool Therapy Exercises for Physical Fitness
  • Types of Water Therapy Equipment
  • What Should a Client Provide?

What Is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy is physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other aquatic environment under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional. Aquatic therapy is also known as water therapy, aquatic rehabilitation, aqua therapy, pool therapy, therapeutic aquatic exercise or hydrotherapy.

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In the United States, those who can perform aquatic therapy are legally regulated medical professionals with the correct scope of practice and the ability to use the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes. Aquatic therapy is considered an add-on certification for physical therapists and athletic trainers who often work closely with occupational therapists and exercise physiologists to develop a plan of care for each client.

Common goals of aqua therapy programs include:

  • Improving flexibility
  • Improving balance and coordination
  • Building muscle strength and endurance
  • Enhancing aerobic capacity
  • Assisting with gait and locomotion
  • Reducing stress and promoting relaxation

Aquatic therapy is different from aquatic exercise or aquatic fitness because it is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that requires the involvement of a trained professional and is covered by many insurance providers due to the personalized nature of the treatment. Aquatic exercise does not need to be supervised by a trained professional. It is also not covered by insurance, and it often takes place in a group setting that includes multiple people with different levels of physical fitness.

Aquatic therapy should not be confused with adaptive aquatics, either. Adaptive aquatics is the process of teaching people with disabilities how to swim safely in the water. Aquatic therapy does not focus on teaching clients how to swim.

Water therapy services are generally offered in hospitals, sports medicine clinics and traditional outpatient rehabilitation centers. Senior living centers may also provide aquatic therapy services as a way to encourage their residents to maintain or improve fitness levels, balance and strength.

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History of Aquatic Therapy

Water therapy has been used for thousands of years throughout the world. Consider the following examples:

  • Ancient Greeks and Romans bathed in hot springs to improve circulation and promote relaxation.
  • Hippocrates recommended bathing in spring water as a way to treat sickness.
  • Swiss monks were known to use thermal waters to treat sick or disabled people in their community.
  • Japanese hot springs, or onsens, are said to have medicinal effects that include healing chronic pain, treating skin problems, curing menstrual disorders and relieving constipation.
  • German physicians were firm believers in pediatric water therapy. Water birthing was very popular throughout Germany in the 1960s and 1970s.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

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These are some of the ways that water’s natural properties create an ideal therapeutic environment:

  • Warm water provides a relaxing and soothing environment for aching joints and muscles.
  • Water’s natural viscosity or resistance can be used for muscle strengthening and increasing rehabilitation progressions.
  • Buoyancy allows for flotation and reduces the effects of gravity on injured or aching joints and muscles.
  • Hydrostatic pressure supports and stabilizes the client, allowing people with balance deficits to perform exercises without a fear of falling, decreasing pain and improving cardiovascular return.
  • Turbulence and wave propagation let the therapist gently manipulate the client through the desired exercises.
  • The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder in the water, allowing for a natural strengthening that benefits the client long after the therapy session has ended.

Compared to other forms of physical therapy, aquatic therapy results in a higher client compliance rate and less pain throughout the recovery process. Opportunities to significantly minimize the pain a client experiences should be taken seriously because with less pain, a client can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Another important advantage of aquatic therapy is that it can often begin before land-based therapy. For athletes looking to get back into competition, or busy professionals who want to recover from surgery as quickly as possible, this makes a water-based program the natural choice.

To review the latest studies regarding the benefits of aquatic therapy, visit our Research page.

Conditions That Can Be Helped by Water Therapy

Water therapy may be helpful for clients suffering from the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopic surgery recovery
  • Autism
  • Balance disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Idiopathic joint pain
  • Joint reconstruction surgery recovery
  • Joint replacement surgery recovery
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Stress
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stroke
  • Tendonitis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

People of all ages can enjoy water therapy benefits, including children with special needs and senior citizens. A trained therapist can create a session that takes into account any age-related physical limitations to promote a positive therapeutic experience.

Our Video Library provides an extensive collection of case studies that illustrate the diverse applications of aquatic therapy. These videos illustrate the key role water therapy plays in promoting wellness.

Safety of Aquatic Exercise Programs

Even though aqua therapy typically takes place in a fairly shallow pool, it is not risk free. To provide a safe environment for clients, aquatic therapy practitioners should be trained in first aid, CPR, oxygen administration, automated external defibrillation, blood-borne pathogens and risk awareness (check local codes for actual requirements).

The suitability for aquatic therapy for a client should be decided on a case-by-case basis. Here are some situations where aqua therapy may not be an appropriate course of treatment:

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  • High fever
  • Open wounds (unless covered with bio-occlusive dressing)
  • Incontinence
  • Uncontrolled seizure disorders
  • COPD or other similar respiratory issues
  • Currently taking medication that could alter cognition
  • Client is currently pregnant and experiencing complications
  • Chlorine or bromine allergy
  • Serious fear of water
  • Clients with Hepatitis A

Helping Clients Become Comfortable in the Water

Despite the many benefits of aqua therapy, some clients are hesitant to try this form of rehabilitation. For example, wearing a swimsuit in a public space can feel uncomfortable for clients.. Some clients may also physically struggle to dress properly for a therapy session. This requires the therapist to display compassion, empathy and understanding. There are many ways to address this self-image issue by offering alternatives such as shorts and a comfortable t-shirt for aquatic therapy, keeping dressing rooms and therapy pool separate from other therapy areas so that the session is semi-private and offering suits that are easier for those with arthritis or physical ailments.

When working with a client suffering from a visual impairment, it’s recommended that the therapist orient that person to the pool before the session. The therapist should point out helpful landmarks, such as chairs and ladders, as they assist the client with walking around the perimeter of the therapy pool.

Ai Chi Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Ai Chi is a form of water therapy that was created in 1993 by Jun Konno, and itcombines elements of Tai chi chuan and qigong to relax and strengthen the body. Exercises use diaphragmatic breathing and active progressive resistance training while integrating mental, physical and spiritual energy. It’s a combination of both Eastern and Western beliefs.

Clients generally practice Ai Chi while they are standing in shoulder-depth water. The initial focus is on mastering deep breathing patterns, with clients then progressing into gentle movement of the upper and lower extremities. Throughout the process, careful attention is paid to body alignment and breathing to induce a calm, meditative state of mind.

It is hypothesized that Ai Chi can be useful in fall prevention programs for the elderly. Tai chi has long been used to improve balance in seniors, but Ai Chi provides an enhanced method of developing the lateral stability and stepping skills that play a crucial role in reducing fall risk.

Aqua Running

Also called deep-water running or aqua jogging, aqua running is a form of running in water that uses a flotation belt to support the head and upper body above water while preserving “normal” biomechanics. This type of aquatic therapy allows clients to experience the benefits of performing rehabilitation protocols without impact on joints.

Aqua running in deep water or on an underwater treadmill is most commonly used to help speed the recovery of injured athletes or to improve the fitness of people who require a low-impact aerobic workout.

For overweight or obese people who are physically unable to run on dry land, aqua jogging is a very effective weight loss technique. Since water is denser than air, aqua jogging burns more calories per minute than running on dry land. The pressure of the water also helps to allow the same intensity of exercise at a lower heart rate.

Aside from its use as a therapeutic technique, aqua running has a history of being a popular competitive sport. The Aqua Jogging World Championships are held each year in Finland and attract a large number of skilled athletes.

Bad Ragaz Ring Method for Water Therapy Exercises

The Bad Ragaz Ring Method for aqua therapy was developed by a team of physiotherapists in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. The goal was to develop a water-based strengthening and mobilizing resistive exercise model. Their work combines elements of aquatic exercise techniques developed in the 1930s by German physician Knupfer with the 1950s and 1960s research of American neurophysiologist Herman Kabat and his assistants Margaret Knott and Dorothy Voss.

The “ring” portion of the name of this water therapy technique refers to the ring-shaped flotation devices used to support the client as they move across the water’s surface. During the session, the client is lying supine in waist- or shoulder-deep water.

The Bad Ragaz Ring Method is commonly used with clients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, soft tissue injuries, spinal injuries, head injuries and Parkinson’s disease. Fibromyalgia sufferers may also find relief from their chronic pain by incorporating this form of treatment into their overall plan of care.

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Burdenko Method of Hydrotherapy

The Burdenko Method was created by a Soviet professor of sports medicine, Igor Burdenko. He designed this form of therapy as an integrated land and water approach. Dr. Igor Burdenko currently serves as the founder and President of the Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute in Boston. His organization offers therapists an opportunity to be certified in this specific aquatic therapy technique.

The Burdenko Method is often used for treating sports-related injuries. It works to improve a client’s speed, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and endurance. Clients begin performing rehabilitative exercises in the water and progress to performing the exercises on land as their condition improves.

Halliwick Concept for Aqua Therapy

Originally developed by fluid mechanics engineer James McMillan in the 1940s and 1950s, this aquatic therapy method focuses on helping clients develop balance and core stability. McMillan’s work with students at the Halliwick School for Girls with Disabilities in London helped teach swimming skills and general independence to physically disabled young people.

The Halliwick Ten Point Programme includes:

  1. Mental adjustment
  2. Sagittal rotation control
  3. Transversal rotational control
  4. Longitudinal rotation control
  5. Combined rotation control
  6. Upthrust or mental inversion
  7. Balance in stillness
  8. Turbulent gliding
  9. Simple progression
  10. Basic Halliwick movement

Halliwick aquatic therapy is classified as a problem-solving approach. Therapists work to analyze the specific limitations and abilities of each client before developing interventions that will result in maximum functional increases.

Watsu Water Therapy

Watsu was developed in the early 1980s at Harbin Hot Springs, California by Harold Dull. In this form of aquatic therapy, the therapist supports the client through a series of flowing movements and stretches designed to induce deep relaxation as well as provide various therapeutic benefits. The movements combine elements of massage, shiatsu, dance, muscle stretching and joint mobilization.

Watsu is used to treat a wide range of orthopedic and neurological issues, either as a standalone therapy or a complement to a land-based therapeutic program. It has also served as the inspiration for other forms of aquatic therapy, including:

  • Waterdance: This form of hydrotherapy was developed by Arjana Brunschwiler and Aman Schroter in 1987. It uses massage, rolls, inversions, dance, somersaults and Aikido-like moves. Clients begin the session with above water stretches and then progress to exercising underwater with a nose plug.
  • Healing Dance: Combining elements of Watsu and Waterdance, Healing Dance was developed by Alexander Georgeakopoulos with a focus on flow, rhythm and 3D movements above and under the water.
  • Jahara Technique: This peaceful form of aquatic therapy was developed by Mario Jahara and incorporates flotation devices to provide continued traction while stressing spinal alignment, muscular release and gentle bodywork.

Pool Therapy Exercises for Physical Fitness

Ultimate Guide to Aquatic Therapy & Water Therapy - HydroWorx® (5)When aquatic therapy is intended to promote physical fitness, each session is broken into three parts:

  • Warm up: The client begins with low-resistance exercises designed to target the upper and lower extremities. This often includes stretches and extensions, followed by brief walking or jogging on an underwater treadmill.
  • Fitness and strength training: After the warm-up, the client will often perform cardiovascular activities such as running, sprint intervals or multi-planar activities. Strength activities, including plyometrics, can also be performed.
  • Core training: After fitness and strength training, the client does 20-30 minutes of squats, leg swings, arm swings, shoulder presses and other core-training exercises.
  • Cool down: Using a therapy pool with a massage hose attached to resistance jets provides a deep tissue massage experience that works muscles to prevent lactic acid buildup.

Types of Water Therapy Equipment

Treadmills for Underwater Running

Ultimate Guide to Aquatic Therapy & Water Therapy - HydroWorx® (6)Running provides an excellent cardiovascular workout, but can lead to joint damage. However, with an underwater treadmill, it’s possible to enjoy all the benefits of running without the impact.

Underwater treadmills can be used to help athletes recover from injuries or to regain full-body motion after surgery. This is particularly useful if the athlete or patient is non or partial weight-bearing. High-end therapy pool models have resistance jets and adjustable speeds to allow for a gradual increase in workout intensity.

Benefits of using a treadmill as part of water therapy include:

  • Promotes early range of motion
  • Initiates gait training in a low-impact environment
  • Duplicates land-based movement biomechanics to improve client’s gait patterns more accurately than aqua jogging
  • Improves cardiovascular stamina
  • Impacts muscle strengthening
  • Increases ability to perform a wide range of plyometrics
  • Reduces blood pressure levels
  • Decreases joint stiffness
  • Offers the ability to perform exercises in multiple planes of motion

HydroWorx treadmills feature rubberized belts for extra traction and can be used with either bare feet or shoes. The treadmills accelerate from .1 mph to speeds of up to 10 mph, making them suitable for everything from walking and jogging to sprinting, side shuffling, backwards waking and carioca.

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There are multiple types of aquatic therapy pools, ranging from small pools for single client use to large pools intended for group workouts. Therapists use cold-water plunge pools to speed muscle recovery in athletes and reduce joint inflammation. Hot-water plunge pools are used for relaxing muscles.

The newest models of therapy pools offer pinpoint temperature control and special massage hoses to target the specific muscles in need of treatment.A pool with underwater massage capabilities helps prevent lactic acid buildup, which reduces soreness and speeds recovery time. Massage can also provide an effective way to help people dealing with chronic pain.

Many therapy pools include stairs to promote safe accessibility for users with mobility issues. Therapists who frequently work with the elderly, small children or clients with serious injuries may utilize a pool with a moveable floor that makes it easier for clients to enter and exit the area. For example, the HydroWorx 2000 and 1200 Series pools feature a fully moveable floor that can be raised and lowered in less than 30 seconds to allow for a safe entry to the therapy session.

Adjustable water depth controls, whether standard or as an optional therapy pool feature, benefit therapists by allowing for easy adjustments to pool water levels. This allows for a therapist to determine what percentage of the client’s weight should be supported, creating a session that is tailored to the individual’s abilities.

Underwater cameras are key features in effective aqua therapy pools, as they allow for therapists to monitor the client’s form and progress from session to session or to make real-time adjustments. Clients can also use the cameras to provide an additional level of visual feedback as they work through a series of exercises.

Aqua Therapy Accessories

In addition to a functional therapy pool, accessories are sometimes used to enhance a specific exercise. Accessories might include:

  • Stationary bicycles
  • Flotation rings or belts
  • Weight-adjustable barbells
  • Ankle weights
  • Short-tipped fins and flippers
  • Resistance bands and tubing
  • Resistance hand bells and paddles
  • Kickboards
  • Noodles

The type of aqua therapy exercises a client needs will depend upon their required rehabilitation, physical limitations as well as the specific method of treatment. For example, the Bad Ragaz Ring Method relies on having the use of flotation rings around the client’s neck, arms, pelvis and legs. For aqua jogging, a flotation belt is used to ensure the client remains in an upright position with their head above water.

What Should a Client Provide?

The water therapy client must have appropriate attire such as a swimsuit or comfortable clothing that can get wet. It is also recommended that clients provide a towel, cover-up, shoes to protect their feet in the pool area and a plastic bottle with drinking water to maintain hydration.

Clients who need assistance dressing, showering or walking should have a caregiver present during their treatment sessions. If the client is a child, their parent may be asked to participate in the session.

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Page Updated on: February 2, 2021

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What is a HydroWorx pool? ›

Ideal for our LifeWorks Rehab patients who are recovering from a traumatic injury or illness, the HydroWorx Aquatic Therapy Pool uses buoyancy to reduce the pressure on joints. This allows for movement that may otherwise not be possible due to pain or functional limitations.

What are the disadvantages of aquatic therapy? ›

Hazards include:
  • Drowning.
  • Heat Exhaustion.
  • Fall.
  • Slip.
  • Infection.
  • Pool Entry and Egress.
  • Skin Irritation.
  • Droplet Infections e.g.Legionella.

What conditions can be treated with aquatic therapy? ›

Individualized treatment plans are designed to improve mobility, balance, strength, and endurance.
Aquatic Therapy may be ideal for:
  • Arthritis.
  • Back injuries.
  • Balance disorders.
  • Chronic swelling.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Myofascial pain syndrome.
  • Neurologic disorders.
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Is aquatic therapy good for weight loss? ›

Sure, losing weight isn't easy, but aquatics therapy for weight loss provides a creative and successful strategy that will help obese individuals reach their weight loss goals. Aquatics therapy is considered superior to traditional forms of physical exercise for individuals who are overweight and obese.

How effective are underwater treadmills? ›

Stimulated by the sensory effects of warm water, patients enjoy more joint and muscle relaxation while using an aquatic treadmill. While underwater, a person's weight is reduced by 80 percent, removing joint stress.

What is Aqua therapy Good For? ›

The goal of aquatic therapy is to reduce stress and promote relaxation while working to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and increase the range of motion.

Are underwater workouts effective? ›

In addition, water also supports some of your body weight, so the impact on your joints is less than if you were working out on land. Working out in the water is also especially beneficial for anyone with an injury, arthritis, back pain or degenerative spine or disc issues who may have a limited ability to exercise.

Is treading water in a pool good exercise? ›

Burn more calories than walking

Simply treading water in a pool burns 11 calories per minute; that's the same as running six miles per hour! The key is in resistance. Water provides continuous resistance, engaging more muscles through a more extensive range of motion.

Who should not do aquatic therapy? ›

Some Folks Should Not Perform Aquatic Therapy

Depending on the individual, some people with cardiac disease may not be able to participate in aquatic therapy. 2 Those who have fevers, infections, or bowel/bladder incontinence are also not candidates for aquatic therapy.

How often should you do aqua therapy? ›

Three days a week is OK for beginners who are just getting used to the whole idea of aqua aerobics. However, you should try to raise it to four times a week as soon as possible if you want to see results sooner. When you become a regular, five times a week is the sweet spot for water aerobics!

Does aquatic therapy increase blood pressure? ›

Conclusion Like exercise on land, aquatic exercise should have a beneficial effect by lowering blood pressure. In addition, aquatic exercise should lower the blood pressure of subjects with hypertension, and other forms of aquatic exercise besides swimming should also lower blood pressure.

How long should you stay in a hydrotherapy pool? ›

What to expect from aquatic therapy. Your physiotherapist may suggest a course of five or six 30-minute sessions of aquatic therapy. These may be group sessions – sometimes, but not always, with people who have similar conditions.

How do I prepare for aquatic therapy? ›

It is recommended you wear a bathing suit that allows free range of motion. Also it is recommended to bring water and apply sunscreen prior beginning your therapy session. Aquatic therapy sessions are run by a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapy assistant.

What chronic disease does hydrotherapy help? ›

It is a very safe, challenging and therapeutic environment for neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's Disease and Muscular Dystrophy; as well as being popular in older populations (particularly those at a falls risk, you can't fall over in the water!) and also for those who may be overweight or ...

What is the best time for water therapy? ›

First, proponents of water therapy drink four to five 6-ounce (180-mL) glasses of room-temperature water on an empty stomach every morning, 45 minutes before any food or drink. (At the beginning, consider starting with only 1–2 glasses and gradually increasing the amount.)

How much water should you drink a day to help lose weight? ›

According to the studies, 1–2 liters of water per day is enough to assist with weight loss, especially when consumed before meals.

Is aquatic therapy better than physical therapy? ›

We also found that therapeutic aquatic exercise was a more effective treatment than physical therapy modalities on pain intensity, quality of life, sleep quality, kinesiophobia, and fear avoidance for patients with chronic low back pain.

Is walking in water better than walking on a treadmill? ›

Exercising in water requires more effort than the same exercise on land. The extra resistance of walking in water allows you to challenge and strengthen your muscles in ways you may not be able to with a land-based routine. It also helps you burn more calories, which can aid in weight loss.

Is treading water better than running? ›

Whether you walk, swim, tread, or splash, submerged in water you instantly increase the caloric burn. Treading water vigorously burns about 11 calories per minute. This is equivalent to a six-mile-per-hour run.

Is treadmill better than swimming? ›

Simply put, you'll burn more calories swimming compared to running the same distance. Swimming is a full body workout, which results in more calories burned. When it comes to running, you must maintain a certain speed and consistent cardiovascular exertion to burn comparable calories.

What are the side effects of hydrotherapy? ›

Different people may respond differently to the length and intensity of treatment. Some people may have headaches, aches and pains, sleep problems, nausea, chilliness, and faintness. Hydrotherapy to cleanse the colon, also called colonic irrigation, may cause serious side effects.

Does Aqua help arthritis? ›

As a type of exercise, aquatic therapy is an excellent option for those with OA of the hip, knee or those with spinal osteoarthritis due to reduced pressure put on the joints. Health care professionals accept water therapy as part of physical therapy and exercise programs.

Does water therapy clear skin? ›

Water has the amazing power to revitalise, detoxify and oxygenate the skin. Water therapy cure dry skin and makes the skin look youthful and toned. The basic steps in water therapy include: Drink 4-7 glasses of water the first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

What is the best swimming stroke for weight loss? ›

1st place: Butterfly

It's the hardest to learn, and definitely not for beginners, but Butterfly is at the top of the calorie burn list. It's most effective all round stroke for toning and building muscles.

What happens if you are underwater for a week? ›

For reasons that still aren't well understood, human skin starts to break down after continuous immersion in water of a few days. You'd suffer open sores and be liable to fungal and bacterial infections just from the spores on your skin, even if the water itself was perfectly sterile.

Is swimming alone enough exercise? ›

Absolutely. The calorie burn and cardio impacts will help you lose weight, if that's what you're looking for. And the strength benefits can help with muscle definition and toning. But depending on what your health goals are, you might want to also add in some higher impact activities and strength work.

How long should you walk in the pool for exercise? ›

“Pool-walking workouts can be as long or short as you like, but 20–45 minutes is a good length of time to get your heart rate up and in the zone that allows you to work on cardiovascular health,” says Evans.

What exercises are done in aquatic therapy? ›

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  • Aquatic exercises.
  • Deep-water walking with hand webs.
  • Arm exercise using hand webs.
  • Arm exercise using water weights.
  • Resistance exercise using a kickboard.
  • Leg exercise using a noodle.

What's the difference between hydrotherapy and aqua therapy? ›

The benefits of aquatic therapy, also called hydrotherapy, offers people with back pain a near weightless environment to stretch and exercise. In a professional setting, the water temperature and agitation is varied depending on the treatment goal.

Is aquatic therapy good for osteoporosis? ›

Although weight-bearing physical activity is known to be superior to non-weight-bearing activity to increase the bone mass, evidence shows that aquatic and weight-bearing exercises both increased calcaneal BMI in 62 postmenopausal sedentary women with a mean age of 54.1 +/- 7 years (Ay, et al.

What should I eat before aqua aerobics? ›

Good pre-swim foods that supply energy include porridge oats, wholegrain bread, pasta, sweet potatoes, peas and beans. For our swimmers who just want to feel energised and are after more exciting meals, then we recommend trying foods such as bagels, smoothies, yogurt, eggs and bananas.

How long does it take to see results from water aerobics? ›

These results suggest that 12 weeks of water aerobics performed twice a week in a real-life context seem to benefit the explosive strength, body composition, and blood pressure of adults and older adults but is insufficient to alter cardiorespiratory fitness and lipid profiles.

Is Aqua therapy good for hip arthritis? ›

And in a recent Cochrane Review of 13 trials that included 1,190 patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis (OA), researchers found aquatic exercise may help improve pain and function.

Can I take fish in high blood pressure? ›

Researchers have found that oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines or mussels, could help protect our hearts and brains from disease. They are found to be rich in an important type of polyunsaturated fat called omega-3, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.

Is cold water swimming good for high blood pressure? ›

Circulation & the body's response to cold water

More oxygen sent around the body leads to us being able to exercise harder and for longer, achieve lower blood pressure and improve our metabolism.

Can water therapy lower blood pressure? ›

Something as simple as keeping yourself hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water every day improves blood pressure. Water makes up 73% of the human heart,¹ so no other liquid is better at controlling blood pressure.

How much does a hydrotherapy session cost? ›

We have worked hard to bring you a quality hydrotherapy service at a reasonable cost. London Hydrotherapy currently charges £95 per session. We also offer block booking discounts.

Should you shower after pools? ›

Showering After Exiting the Pool

Showering will get rid of the chlorine and any foreign agents you may have picked up from the pool. Make sure to rinse your hair and wash your swimsuit after you swim. Showering after you swim will keep your skin from becoming dry.

Is it OK to swim in a pool everyday? ›

As a primarily aerobic activity, swimming engages and strengthens the cardiovascular system. What separates swimming from running and other types of land-based cardio is that you can swim for longer periods of time — and even every day — since the water is very low impact.

What do you wear to water therapy? ›

3. What should I wear to my aquatic physical therapy session? Many people wear bathing suits for aquatic physical therapy sessions, but any clothes that you don't mind getting wet are okay with us. Some wear shorts and t-shirts just because they aren't comfortable in a bathing suit… that's okay.

What are the 2 types of hydrotherapy? ›

Ultrasonic and Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a debridement method that uses what is known as the Venturi effect.

Does hydrotherapy help with anxiety? ›

While cold showers could, in theory, help minimize the symptoms of anxiety, more research is needed to prove that cold water is an effective anxiety treatment. Some studies have investigated hydrotherapy in treating other mental health conditions, which may suggest similar benefits for anxiety management.

How much is an aqua treadmill? ›

Not suitable for use out of water. The Endless® Underwater Treadmill retails for $2995.00.

How much does an underwater treadmill cost? ›

5. Price. The Water Walker and its conjoined Spa cost approximately $89,000.

How much does an equine underwater treadmill cost? ›

Prices range from $11,500 for mini-sport to $28,000 for high-speed Easystrider. Water is being combined with the treadmill concept to aid in the therapeutic healing, strengthening, conditioning, and training of all types of horses.

How much is a SwimEx Triton pool? ›

Starting at $26,500 in North American markets, the Triton features SwimEx fiberglass construction and a long-lasting gel coat.

When should I use an underwater treadmill? ›

Some athletes use human underwater treadmill for “recovery days,” when they want to reduce the impact of adding more miles on their joints and bones. For patients of all kinds, physical activity improves quality of life, including quality of sleep, metabolism and cognitive abilities.

How much should I pay for a good treadmill? ›

How much does a decent treadmill cost? A quality treadmill should be durable and meet basic industry standards such as a weight capacity of 275 pounds, a 60-inch deck size for runners, speeds up to 10 MPH, and a good warranty. The average cost for a decent treadmill is around $1,000.

What are the benefits of aqua jogging? ›

One key feature of aqua jogging is that it allows you to replicate the same running form you have on land. By including water jogging in an overall training plan, you can increase cardio output, improve posture and form, and increase muscular strength, all while minimizing the wear and tear on your body.

Which is better for exercise swimming or treadmill? ›

Swimming is better than running for cardiovascular exercise because there is greater resistance in water than in the air. Both are forms of aerobic exercise (increasing your heart rate and promoting better cardiovascular health), but it takes more effort to kick in water than to take a step while running.

How long should a horse be on a water treadmill? ›

The ideal scenario is three, short (up to 15 minute) sessions over three consecutive days. Aim to have the second session within the same week as the first session. Avoid introducing a horse if they will not be able to repeat the exercise within 14 days.

Are water treadmills good for horses? ›

Equine Water Treadmills are a great way to enhance suppleness, stride length, increase cardio-vascular fitness and help build muscle tone, core strength and overall wellbeing. They give the horse a highly effective full body workout; improving general fitness, joint flexion and respiration.

Why would you put a horse on a treadmill? ›

Benefits: Treadmill exercise provides the opportunity to exercise a horse on a firm level surface in a straight line with a high degree of control. The nature of the treadmill belt surface (being constant and level) is useful for exercising cases which require symmetry of loading of the foot.

Is an Endless Pool worth it? ›

An Endless Pool takes up much less space, is simpler to install (particularly indoors), is easier to maintain and is more economical to run than a traditional lap pool. When you have a pool in your backyard or in your house, you also eliminate travel time required to get to a lap pool or lake. It's way more convenient!

What is the difference between a swim spa and an Endless Pool? ›

Swim Spas offer the best of both worlds – an environment to swim in water around 80 degrees, and an area to soak with contoured, jetted seats. Endless Pools can be installed indoors or out, semi-in-ground or above ground.

How much does a swim spa cost in 2022? ›

Swim spas are cheaper than in-ground pools, but most models will cost much more than above-ground pools. The average price of a swim spa is between $10,500 and $20,000.


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