Is Aquatic Therapy Right for you?

During the last decade, several studies of individuals with MS support the use of physical exercise to help maintain strength, balance coordination, walking, and endurance as well as muscle atrophy. However, people with MS may find it difficult to exercise through traditional land-based methods due to increased physical demands placed on the body and a rise in body temperature, which may cause a temporary worsening of symptoms.

People with MS may find aquatic therapy a beneficial way to increase their activity. Pool temperature can help maintain a normal core body temperature during exercise to support your general strength. The buoyancy of the water can offer support for people who cannot walk on solid ground, and provide gentle resistance to exercise movements.

The buoyancy and viscosity of water can assist movements as well as allow for exercise to increase muscle force. Buoyancy is the force opposite to gravity, which can assist a person in attaining full active range of motion using muscles that may be too weak to perform the same motion on land. Aquatic therapy may begin with buoyancy-assisted exercises, in which the buoyant force assists the movement toward the water’s surface. Exercise then can be progressed to buoyancy-resisted activities by having the movement directed away from the water’s surface. Using a floatation device and directing the movement away from the surface of the water can further challenge the muscles by creating floatation resistance.

If you have questions or concerns or think this may be a viable option for your condition, contact Advanced Rehabilitation today. Our goal is to provide you with the best treatment option for your specific goal that you have in mind.