Fall is upon us, which means the fall sports season is in full swing. Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey are all in season right now. Now more than ever elite athletes are training longer hours, using extreme workout techniques, training harder to get to that peak performance level. These longer hours contribute to taking less time off, which in turn sometimes leaves athletes prone to overuse injuries. When an injury occurs, aquatic based rehabilitation may expedite the recovery process as an effective tool accomplished by aquatic exercise. The pool may be used both during rehabilitation and post recovery as a very effective tool. If you understand the unique physical properties of water, as well as the body’s response to immersion both at rest and during exercise, this can aid the physical therapist when designing a rehabilitation program for the athlete.
Aquatic therapy uses the principles of water to allow exercise and to actually alter exercise intensity. The water creates an increased buoyancy which allows for more exercise than is permitted on land. The effect of this increased buoyancy and decreased gravitational force means that there is less stress on weight bearing joints such as the knees and hips and many movements can be performed in water before they would be possible on land. Aquatic therapy can include anything from floating in the water and simply benefiting from the increased temperature and relaxation properties, to full on, intense exercise sessions. The form of therapy used will depend entirely on the individual and what their specific needs may be. The knowledgeable staff at Advanced Rehabilitation can provide a personal evaluation of your specific need and make sure you get the best therapy possible, contact us today.