Water Therapy - The Ultimate Fountain of Youth

Hydrotherapy is one of the most effective and therapeutic ways to exercise and rehabilitate from an injury in a cool and relaxing atmosphere.

The water’s buoyancy decreases the load which passes through weight-bearing joints by up to 90%, allowing for more activities and movement with less stress and bearing 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 workout or 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 pain.  

Increases cardiovascular fitness and endurance.

The combination of cardiovascular exercise with the resistance of the water ensures your body is getting a full body workout. In addition, the water pressure helps regulate blood circulation, which helps to keep your heart healthy and happy. 

Alleviates joint pressure and increases 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 problems. 

Enhances 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.

Promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation. 

Just being in a calm body of water can greatly reduce stress and anxiety. A recent study in Europe found that aquatic exercise significantly decreased anxiety and negative mood states in women. Also, for those who don’t like to sweat, exercising in the heat may not seem overly appealing. Dipping into the pool is a cool and refreshing alternative.

ā€ØHydrotherapy is a great tool if you are undergoing injury rehabilitation and prevention, pre- and post-operative training, back pain therapy, functional training, or simply want to improve general fitness.

It is also used by many athletes as a low-impact recovery training session.

Hydrotherapy is a safe way to exercise for all ages and skill levels and if you’re new to working out, this can also be a great stepping stone on your path to improved wellness.

Angie Ferguson is an exercise physiologist and Tony Robbins Results Coach from Fort Myers. She also is a Corrective Biomechanics Specialist, USA Triathlon Advanced Level 2 coach, USA Cycling coach, has a Specialty in Sports Nutrition certification, and a PhD in results!

Contact her, or find out more about her monthly online program, at: www.GearedUP.biz!


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