BLACK HAWK COUNTY YMCA

Hydrotherapy is a proven benefit to enhance mobility and quality of life for individuals who suffer chronic pain, immobility and mental health concerns.

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The BUOYANCY OF THE WATER CREATES FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND ABILITY TO INCREASE RANGE OF MOTION TO HELP MOVEMENT ON LAND. FOR ARTHRITIC AND JOINT INFLAMMATION, THE WATER CREATES NATURAL RESISTANCE TO HELP MOVEMENT THROUGH SYNOVIAL JOINTS WHICH DECREASES PAIN AND STIFFNESS. THE NATIONAL HEALTH INSTITUTE HAS ALSO SHARED THE BENEFITS OF STRESS RELIEF AND HEALING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON BY BEING IN THE WATER 2-3 TIMES PER WEEK. STARTING IN JANUARY, JOIN OUR RECLAIM CLASS AND GET CONNECTED TO A HEALTHIER TOMORROW BY USING THE POOL TODAY!

BENEFITS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE POOL FOR JOINT PAIN

  • Studies that have verified an increase in balance after hydrotherapy programs also have suggested a reduction in the risk of falling — since balance has been found to be directly correlated.  It is important to note that water is viscous.  This assists seniors in slowing down movements and allows them to move freely without the fear of falling.  Greater balance was observed after the 6th week of being involved in a hydrotherapy exercise program (Resende, Rassi, & Viana, 2008). 

  • Aquatic environments provides individuals with situations of instability due to water turbulence (Waller et al., 2016).  This can be applicable to promoting greater improvements in body balance reactions (or improving a person’s ability to balance while moving).  

  • Research is conflicting — but aquatic exercise has also been identified to increase both shoulder range of motion and lower-body flexibility (at the knee and hip joints).  It has also been suggested that calf muscle strength significantly increased (only in aquatic exercise!!) because of the need of being on one’s toes when maneuvering in the water (Bergamin et al., 2013).  

  • A study conducted by Neiva and colleagues (2018) has suggested that a 12 week water aerobics program (2x a week, 45 min) has shown increases in explosive strength, body composition, and blood pressure.  Specifically, there was an observed 40% increase in muscular strength of the quadriceps and hamstrings and a 10% increase in cardiovascular capacity. 

  • 5 studies have identified a range of 4-9% decrease in fat mass from a 12 week water aerobics program (Takeshima et al., 2002; Irandoust & Taheri, 2015; Kasprzak & Pilaczynska-Szczesniak, 2014; Bergamin et al., 2013; Vedena et al., 2011).

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