Heated pools are becoming increasingly popular as a comfortable method to recuperate and heal for older adults. Heated pools, which may be found in gyms, therapeutic rehab clinics, and other locations, are a cross between a lap pool and a hot tub, large enough to go in and exercise or move around in and heated enough to be comfortable but not so warm that the user is disinclined to exercise or move. Read on to find out more about the benefits of heated pools for your aging body.
Warm Water Therapy
Warm water therapy is a type of physical therapy that assists people of all ages and abilities in treating and overcoming potentially debilitating physical diseases. Aching muscles, sensitive joints, reduced strength, reduced mobility, and other symptoms may be present. Water’s low resistance pressure produces a perfect medium for healthful training, strengthening muscles and joints while also increasing balance, mobility, and other aspects. Low impact exercise is especially beneficial as we age since it develops strength, balance, and circulation while avoiding circumstances that might result in impact or overuse injuries.
Water viscosity is a phrase that describes the resistance of water. Water viscosity enables resistance to be created in hydrotherapy exercises conducted in warm water pools. This means you may work out without putting strain on your joints or overworking your muscles. Moving through water as a type of exercise is comparable to exercising with a light weight in your hands or strapped to your ankles, except that the pressure is felt evenly on all muscles and does not stress joints due to the even distribution of water over your body. As a result, muscular tone improves and the potential for progressive strength and balance training opens up.
The pressure imposed by water owing to gravity is known as hydrostatic pressure. The higher the hydrostatic pressure, the deeper you go beneath the water’s surface. Hydrostatic pressure can assist reduce edema and discomfort, increasing a person’s range of motion. It can also improve venous return and circulation, which is healthy for the heart, and reduce blood pooling in the extremities. All of this works together to expand the body’s range of motion, improve muscular relaxation, and reduce discomfort.
Due to the inherent buoyancy of water, workouts that would strain joints on land are far less difficult here. Because of buoyancy, people in pools can experience less tension on their joints than they would on land, as well as an improvement in agility as the body moves against the moderate pressure of water.
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