Elderly hydrotherapy, or more generally known as aqua treatment, aims to keep their bodies healthy and help them recover from injuries. The goal of the treatment is muscle relaxation, enhanced joint mobility, and pain reduction. Being in water is fun for every age group, with that exercising becomes fun too.
Water provides resistance against the body's movement, which helps to build strength.
Research has shown that the aquatic environment can help improve cardiovascular health in elders by reducing their risk of heart disease and stroke. Elders' cardiovascular health is improved by aquatic water treatment because exercising in the water burns more fat and has a positive impact on overall health.
Water also helps improve balance by providing resistance against movement in all directions. This can help prevent falls and injuries in seniors. Aquatic therapy can be done in a pool or even in a bathtub, so it is accessible to everyone.
The aquatic environment also provides a low-impact workout that is gentle on the joints.
One study found that aquatic therapy was able to improve balance in elderly individuals. The study participants were asked to complete a number of tasks in the pool, such as walking on a tightrope and standing on one leg. The results showed that the aquatic therapy group had improved balance compared to the control group.
The buoyancy (propensity to float in water) of water reduces the amount of stress on joints, making it less painful to move around. This makes aquatic therapy an ideal choice for seniors with arthritis or other joint issues.
Soreness of muscles gets reduced by the therapy as the gentle flow of water acts as a form of massage to the body.
While staying in water, the human body feels good and releases good hormones, which helps in reducing anxiety.
People who are facing health issues like having some kind of infection, having a fever or major heart conditions should avoid this treatment as it can affect their body.
The activities that older individuals most frequently appreciate include water aerobics, water walking, water yoga, and water tai chi.
Aqua Therapy is appropriate for people of all ages. It is not just used by seniors or the old, but many athletes participate in it as well because it does not damage the body and there is no risk of injury.
Anytime you consider beginning aquatic treatment, do it only after seeing a professional. Many Seniors also find it easy to do their exercise in water then that on land.