Water, Water Everywhere
25 Sep 2020
EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF HYDROTHERAPY
Hydrotherapy is one of the most effective and therapeutic ways to exercise and rehabilitate in a cool and relaxing atmosphere. The water’s buoyancy decreases the load which passes through weight-bearing joints by up to 90%1, allowing for more activities and movement with less stress and load on the joints. Exercising in water can be just as intense as an on-land workout, without the physical impact on our bodies. Bringing your rehab session into the pool has an array of health and therapeutic benefits. These include:
Improving muscular strength, stability and balance. The resistance of the water challenges your body’s strength and stability through a natural, constant resistance. Studies have shown significant gains in strength, flexibly and agility after 12 weeks of regular aquatic exercises.
Relief from pain, swelling and muscle tension. The warmth and support of the water helps to stimulate blood circulation, reduce muscle spasm(s) and relieve pain2.
Increase cardiovascular fitness and endurance. The combination of cardiovascular exercise with the resistance of the water ensures your body is getting a full-on workout. In addition, the water pressure helps regulate blood circulation, which helps to keep your heart healthy and happy.
Alleviate joint pressure and increase joint mobility. Traditional impact exercises on land can be taxing on our joints. Our bodies are subject to much less gravity in water, therefore reducing joint impact when landing. This is particularly appealing to those with joint conditions such as arthritis or those currently undergoing physical rehabilitation. In fact, hydrotherapy is shown to be the leading form of therapy for those suffering from joint problems3, 4.
Enhance Flexibility. As the body moves through the water while moving in various directions, our range of motion and flexibility will naturally increase with the push and pull of water.
Promotion of well-being and relaxation. Just being in a calm body of water can greatly reduce stress and anxiety. A Polish study found that aquatic exercise significantly decreased anxiety and negative mood states in women. Also, with summer coming, exercising in the heat may not seem overly appealing. Dipping into the pool is a cool and refreshing alternative5.
Our sauna and steam room are now open again under alert level 1,
along with our saltwater pool and spa at Habit Majestic.
Hydrotherapy is great if you are undergoing injury rehabilitation and prevention6, pre- and post-operative training, back pain therapy, functional training, or want to improve general fitness. It is also used by many athletes as a low-impact recovery training session7. Hydrotherapy is a safe way to exercise for all ages and skill levels. This can also be a great stepping stone for you to progress onto gym-based exercise programmes with a Habit Personal Trainer.
Habit Majestic is home to the only 33-metre saltwater pool in Wellington city centre.
Our highly-qualified Physiotherapists can take you through a supervised one-on-one session and prescribe a tailored programme to suit your goals. So why not grab your togs and come chat to one of our team about taking your rehabilitation into the water?