Aquatic Therapy and the Riverpool Easing Your Pain  

by Pool Builders on 08-17-2011 in Articles

Aquatic therapy is known to be a helpful form of physical therapy for several conditions, including lymphedema, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. This type of therapy involves exercises that are performed in the water, and it uses the properties of water to promote condition control and healing. A riverpool is an adaptable counter-current swimming pool that is planned for the best possible exercise. It is an effective option for patients experiencing these conditions who need to build up strength.

The riverpool is specially designed to lift a swimmer's whole body using a broad, deep, and long current. This provides ideal conditions for aquatic therapy because it creates the buoyancy needed to support the patient's weight. The support from the water decreases the stress placed on the patient's joints, allowing them to perform their exercises with more ease and less pain. This means a better therapy experience for patients and it encourages them to continue with their treatment. A better experience could also promote pool use outside of the therapy room, which could aid in healing as long as the patient does not overdo it.

Resistance is an important part of aquatic therapy. It is the resistance of the water that allows patients to increase their muscle strength as they move. This makes water therapy a great option for people who cannot lift weights, and even more so if therapy is performed in a riverpool. The current that keeps swimmers afloat more easily also creates more resistance than swimming in a regular pool does. This greater resistance would help in speeding up the patient's recovery or progress. Complete recovery is not an option in chronic conditions, but higher resistance in the water would definitely help keep the condition under control.

The temperature of the water also helps aquatic therapy be more effective. The water in a pool used for therapy is warmer than the water in a recreational swimming pool, which allows muscles to relax. Warmer, more limber muscles during a therapy session will help keep soreness at bay afterward. The warmth also dilates blood vessels, which in turn increases blood flow to injured areas of the body. This increased blood flow promotes healing. A riverpool can be heated to achieve this end without impairing the equipment. Warmer muscles can work harder, which also helps in healing as long as the patient does not try to do more than they are physically capable of.

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