Exercise is good for you because it can increase the quality of life and alleviate or eliminate heath issues. I suffer from chronic pain and would love to exercise more but the effect traditional exercise can have on the body can be a challenge.
Hydrotherapy, aquatic therapy, or pool therapy are low impact water exercises. These exercises helps you stay physically fit and strong without the discomfort that traditional exercise can bring. When you exercise in a pool, you gain flexibility, weak muscles are supported, and range of motion is increased.
Here are just a few water exercises that can benefit chronic pain sufferers.
While holding onto the side of the pool with one hand, stand on one slightly bent leg. While holding this position, outstretch the opposite leg to the front. Bring the knee of the outstretched leg slowly inward to the chest and then back down. Switch sides and perform exercise again.
While holding onto the side of the pool, extend one leg. While doing this, the supporting leg should be slightly bent. Slowly raise the outstretched leg upwards and then back down. Switch sides and perform exercise again.
Wall-Facing Leg Stretch
While facing the pool wall, extend your arms in a ‘V’ shape and rest them on the side of the pool. While holding this position, extend your legs to mimic the same ‘V’ shape as your arms. Switch sides and perform exercise again.
While standing in chest-high water, begin walking forward and then backward around the pool. To make this exercise more challenging, pool hand weights can be added.
Face the pool wall. Take sideways steps with your body and toes facing the wall. Take 10-20 steps in 1 direction and then return. Repeat twice in each direction.
Remember to always check with your physician before starting any exercise program. Once approved, always listen to your body, go at your own pace and reap the benefits!