A Simple Guide to Aquatic Therapy for Elderly: Who, What, Where, and When

A Simple Guide to Aquatic Therapy for Elderly: Who, What, Where, and When

Exercise is important.

It’s what keeps the blood pumping, the muscles moving, and the bones all-around happy. It’s what keeps us glowing and fit.

And yet, as we get older, it can be strenuous on our bodies to keep up active lifestyles.

It’s a hard cycle.

Enter: Aquatic therapy.

Who is aquatic therapy meant for?

Aquatic therapy can really help anyone. But, in particular, it’s great for individuals who have physical trouble exercising in regular conditions. It is a form of exercise considered to have fewer health risks and less chance of falling or injury. If a regular cardiovascular exercise causes more strain on your body than good, consider trying aquatic therapy for the exercise you need.

How is aquatic therapy used?

Aquatic therapy is used for a plethora of benefits.

1. The calming effects of water, as well as the gliding movements you can do underwater, help uplift your mood and push away thoughts of depression and anxiety.

2. It helps with muscle strengthening, as you move your arms and legs through the water’s natural pressure.

3. This pressure also helps reduce swelling and helps your body achieve better blood circulation.

4. And, it gives you the heart and lung benefits of a cardiovascular workout, while putting less strain on your joints and muscles.

Aquatic therapy is generally done in group sessions. For optimal results, it’s best to ask your personal physician or nurse how often to attend.

How does aquatic therapy work?

There are a number of ways in which aquatic therapy works to give you the exercise and comfort your body wants:

Hydrostatic Pressure – This is something you may have noticed before, but not known what it was. When you enter a pool, your body instantly feels a light pressure from the water around. This is called hydrostatic pressure, and it does wonders for your health. First, it helps steady swimmers, so if you generally have trouble with balance, the pressure will keep you on your feet (or floating). Second, the pressure helps drastically with reducing swelling and joint pain. Think of it as an Ace bandage, but for your whole body.

Soothing Heat – Pools for aquatic therapy are usually heated. This warmth helps soothe aches and pains in the body, along with giving you a relaxing time.

Buoyancy – Water’s natural buoyant properties help increase your range of movement. Since it’s easier to move underwater, aquatic therapy makes it possible to exercise injured muscles and hurting limbs.

I’m thinking to sign up for aquatic therapy - where can I go?

Stop by Northeast Adult Day Care for a full tour of our aquatic therapy rehabilitation center. And, don’t forget to ask our friendly staff and experienced nurses any and all questions you have on how our aquatics program can benefit you.  When you sign up with us, our heated pool and hydro jets will set your muscles at ease while giving you the exercise you need.

Don’t have time to come in? Give us a call at 1.215.671.0200.

We’re happy to help!