Active Rehabilitation & Hydrotherapy (Water Exercises)

29
Aug

Active Rehabilitation

Active rehabilitation treatments are one-on-one sessions with a certified Kinesiologist. Kinesiologists play an integral role in the later stages of the recovery process in serious injury by combining the principles of biomechanics and knowledge of human anatomy. They will assess you and create a personalized treatment plan developed for your needs and goals, guide you through stretches and other physical activities designed to rehabilitate your unique injuries. As your condition improves, your program will adapt to meet your changing needs. So no matter the severity or location of your soft tissue injuries, active rehabilitation can help you! Kinesiologists also establish contact with other practitioners as your physiotherapist and doctor to ensure any new important findings are shared and recorded.

Active Rehabilitation works to:

  • Restore range of motion by addressing soft tissue injuries.
  • Improve posture and body mechanics.
  • Address muscular imbalance by strengthening neglected areas.
  • Increase stability, flexibility, and exercise through gentle conditioning programs.

The goal of Active Rehabilitation is to foster independence, to motivate you to return to performing activities of daily living and leisure activities.

 

Hydrotherapy (Water Exercises)

Hydrotherapy is using three main physical qualities of water:

  • Buoyancy, it reduces gravity and helps to unload joints with restricted weigh bearing abilities
  • Viscosity, creates resistance to be used for strengthening and balance
  • Hydrostatic pressure helps to reduce swelling and facilitates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.

The benefits of swimming have been recognized for many years. Swimming is an excellent form of aerobic exercise. The benefit of pool exercises is that the water allows you to move freely. The water provides also added resistance without the stress or impact on your joints and soft tissues.

Water exercises often use pool tools such as water dumbbells, pool noodles and floating belts. Hydrotherapy will provide an aerobic workout and it will also effectively strengthen the major muscle groups of the body.

For people with lower back pain or with injuries to their lower extremities, exercising in a pool is often the best way to restore muscle strength, endurance, and joint range of motion. Exercising in the water is also great for sport-specific rehabilitation. Many athletes have returned to their pre-injury form ahead of schedule due to the effectiveness of water rehabilitation.