You may be surprised to find that we are one of the few that offer individualised water exercise prescription based on your condition and rehabilitation needs. And on top of that, you get the privacy to exercise in a purpose build private salt chlorinated hydrotherapy pool.
Hydrotherapy, (water exercise therapy), has been around for centuries and it is an excellent form of therapy to get fitter and recover from an injury. Exercise is preventative medical maintenance that can begin paying off immediately.
Hydrotherapy utilises the principles of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics to create challenges that promote health through aquatic therapy exercises. Hydrotherapy is usually conducted in water of temperatures ranging from 34°C to 37°C.
The benefits of aquatic therapy exercises are thought to result from the water’s unique characteristics, including warmth that reduces pain and muscle spasm, buoyancy that decreases loading of joints, resistance to movement through turbulence and hydrostatic pressure, and the equal pressure from all directions applied to an immersed object at a given depth.
The unique characteristics of exercising in water may allow people to perform exercises that they would be unable to perform on land.
Studies have shown that the addition of regular exercises to a person’s lifestyle can benefit all body systems, including the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and circulatory systems. These benefits apply to hydrotherapy as well.
Immersion in water and exercise increases the blood supply to muscle tissues and vasodilates the blood vessels. Individuals with muscle spasms and injuries will benefit tremendously from aquatic therapy exercises for the knee and other body parts.
Water provides an excellent medium for performing cardiorespiratory exercises, as more demanding exercises can be achieved with a lower cardiac cost.
Flexibility can be enhanced as a greater range of movement can be worked through during hydrotherapy in Melbourne. The buoyancy and the warmth of the water allow for generalised muscular relaxation and decreased pain experienced in the water. For example, people who suffer from musculoskeletal discomfort find that pool exercises for back pain can reduce discomfort. Hence, gentle stretching of soft tissue is often more comfortable and effective in water than on land. Hydrotherapy also helps to improve coordination, balance, trunk and head stability and alignment.
Water is 6 to 15 times more resistant than air. Exercising in the water allows for muscular endurance to be enhanced, as muscles have to work harder against the resistance of the water. Strength is increased if muscles are worked against the water at a rate that causes maximal muscular output.
Muscular fatigue takes longer to achieve in water due to the lack of gravity and the constant shift in work or energy output from one muscle to another in each muscle pair.
The support that the water provides during water exercise therapy allows the intensity of the workout to be reduced, hence allowing one to exercise longer at a lower intensity and achieve greater calories burnt.
With all these wonderful benefits, hurry and join in for a great session of hydrotherapy at one of our Melbourne facilities. Call us at (03) 8759 1623 or fill out our contact form and mention Hydrotherapy for bookings.
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