There are many reasons why a senior might need some type of rehabilitation services to restore or maintain flexibility, strength and movement of the body’s musculoskeletal systems. These reasons include falls, strokes, heart attacks, serious illness complications, balance issues, diabetes and other health conditions that impact circulation and mobility among many other causes.
Many seniors are urged to undergo helpful physical and other rehabilitation therapies to improve overall health, body strength and well-being. Senior therapy and rehabilitation may include aquatic rehabilitation therapy as well.
Why Many Rehabilitation Specialists Strongly Recommend Aquatic Rehabilitation Therapy for Seniors
The senior population group can present some challenges when undergoing therapeutic rehabilitation.
These challenges may include:
- Arthritis and/or Osteoporosis – greater risk of bone breaks & joint damage
- Inner Ear Problems & Other Potential Balance Issues – increased fall risk
- Joint Stiffness Due to Other Problems
- Chronic Pain – makes movement difficult & painful
- May Have Weight Problems – obesity or being underweight poses various risks
- Previous Knee or other Joint Problems
- History of Diabetes – greater risk for complications, falls & other injuries
- Heart Disease – impedes circulation
- Past Fall – can make senior afraid to move
- Unmanaged Mental or Emotional Health Disorders
- Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementia Form – mental focus for exercise may be lacking
- Other Disabilities – back/spine issues, paralysis, amputee, MS, nerve damage etc.
Why Exercising in Water Is Better for Any Vulnerable Person?
To build and/or maintain muscle, bone and joint strength and flexibility, a person must engage in regular exercise. Resistance exercise moves are often done to increase the overall potential benefits from the activity.
These more intense types of movements can be difficult on the body if there are underlying or recent incidents like falls, recent development of a disease, following a heart attack or stroke and after even a short hospitalization for surgery or other health crisis.
Performing these strength building exercise and rehabilitation movements in warm water can lower the impact risks of these more intense moves.
There Are Two Top Benefits of Exercising in Water for Rehab
The advantages of doing rehabilitation and other exercises in a warm-water pool is that the buoyancy of the water helps to maintain the person’s balance while giving more of a resistance during the motions.
This helps to increase strength and flexibility without the causing the excessive strain on vulnerable joints, muscles and other smaller structures like tendons and nerves.
The warmed water also naturally enhances the impact effect by relaxing muscles, joints and bones reducing the risk of injury.
Learn more by contacting A.G. Rhodes at https://www.agrhodes.org/therapy-and-stroke-rehabilitation.