(KUTV) Whether you’re pregnant, recovering from an injury, or suffer from arthritis, aquatic therapy may be just the thing to get you moving.
“The awesome thing about the pool is that a lot of different patient populations can benefit from this,” says Jamie Cromer, Physical Therapy Assistant at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital Therapy Pool.
Adults are encouraged to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week; but for some people, such as those suffering from arthritis, movement can be painful.
“The great thing about the pool is we can unload the patient, take some of the pressure off of their muscles, take some of the pressure off of their joints, and give them the workout that they need,” says Cromer.
Cromer says a lot of the injuries they see for rehab involve the spine, knees, and hips.
“Maybe they’re on crutches, they can’t walk, so we’re going to put them in the pool and we’re going to give them the chance to be able to walk,” says Cromer.
Pregnant women can also benefit from movement in the pool.
“When you’re pregnant, it’s hard to exercise on your body. You’re carrying a little bit of extra weight, and so the great thing is to unload your body, take some of the pressure off, it helps with swelling, and gives you a chance to be able to be physically fit,” says Cromer.
Research shows women who exercise during pregnancy are able to return to pre-pregnancy fitness and health much quicker.
One element of exercise is strength training. The unique thing about the pool is that instead of lifting weights against gravity, you can actually use the buoyance of water to challenge the body.
“We’re actually having to press down instead of pull something up against gravity,” says Cromer.
So whether you’re carrying a baby or needing oxygen, aquatic therapy can accommodate almost anyone.
“In our classes you might have somebody that’s 30 years old, you might have somebody that’s 60 years old, but the nice thing about the pool is it can benefit all ages,” says Cromer.