Aquatic Therapy for Seniors: 3 Major Benefits

Aquatic Therapy for Seniors: 3 Major Benefits 

by: Melanie Farley

Eating a healthy diet, socializing, and exercising regularly are three pillars for staying healthy in mind, body, and soul. Unfortunately, as we age, it becomes difficult to maintain all three. And, while you might be able to find social activities and access nutritious food, what can you do if exercising is painful due to arthritis or other physical ailments? Well, the answer could be aquatic therapy.

One study found that aquatic exercise has similar cardiovascular and musculoskeletal benefits for older people as land-based exercise. Aquatic exercise in a warm, shallow pool is also safer for seniors because it reduces the risk of a deadly fall, something that happens to one third of elderly folks in the U.S. at least once a year. So, what are some of the benefits of aquatic therapy, and it is right for you or your loved one? Read on for 3 benefits of aquatic therapy.

 

 

Low Impact on Joints   

Water provides natural resistance and buoyancy that reduces stress on the joints, making it a great option for those who suffer from arthritic pain. Studies show that aquatic therapy can increase fitness and mobility without aggravating arthritis symptoms. In fact, aquatic therapy has been shown to soothe pain associated with joint stiffness and arthritis. Aquatic therapy participants usually find that they can do a lot more in the water than they can on land, giving them access to a wider variety of movements.

 

Improves Strength and Cardiovascular Health  

Aquatic exercise is a great way to build muscle strength and endurance, thanks to the natural resistance from the water. And, the hydrostatic pressure from the water has been shown to decrease swelling, increase range of motion, and improve circulation.

Improving strength and cardiovascular health also improves balance, making seniors who participate in aquatic therapy less likely to have a deadly fall.

 

Improves Mental and Emotional Health

Any time we exercise, our bodies release feel-good chemicals called endorphins, and aquatic therapy is no different. Some studies also suggest that being in water helps relax body and mind, reducing anxiety. Plus, there are the social benefits if you choose to take a group aquatic therapy class.

 

A Final Word...

For seniors who have arthritis or other physical ailments that make exercise painful and difficult, aquatic therapy is perfect because it is a gentle, low impact activity.

At Northeast Adult Day Care, we have a warm aquatic therapy pool, where we hold individual and group aquatic therapy sessions. All sessions are supervised by our licensed physical therapist, Alex Ufberg, who has over 20 years of experience in geriatric rehabilitation. 

Would your senior loved one benefit from expert adult day care in a warm, welcoming environment? The healthcare professionals at Northeast Adult Day Care can provide skilled care, monitoring, and social interaction for your loved one! Reach out to learn more, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


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