The summer season is approaching us and many people will be ‘getting their feet wet’ whether it is in a pool, ocean, lake or river. It is that time of year where we can all enjoy the outdoors after hibernating for winter. Water has been shown to have immense advantageous effects on the body whether it is part of a work out, leisure activities, or for physical therapy. Water is the most abundant natural resource this planet has to offer, and it offers a great deal more than previously thought.
The rationale for the use of hydrotherapy, water therapy, introduces an increase in resistance which causes more muscle activity, and most importantly to decrease weight-bearing on joints, especially in the feet. While you are swimming or dipping your toes in the water, you are decreasing stress off of your joints without any effort. Sometimes our feet need a break from the 10,000 steps we take per day. Hydrotherapy is also beneficial to decrease recovery time from an injury, increases healing time, and to lower the risks for recovery injuries. Hydrotherapy provides pain relief, increased strength, increase in range of motion, circulation, balance, while decreasing edema (swelling). This provides pain relief, reduced muscle spasm, increase joint range of motion, strengthen weak muscles, increase circulation, improves balance and coordination, and re-educates paralyzed muscles.
Hydrotherapy can be very helpful in patients with osteoarthritis to provide pain relief, patients with joint replacements in rehabilitation, patients afflicted with fibromyalgia to help improve sleep quality, patients with recent heart attacks for heart healthy rehab, and in patients with nerve disorders for improved balance/motion. Hydrotherapy has been proven to help people with nerve pain in the lower back. In addition, people suffering from arthritic pain, fibromyalgia, and diabetes, can benefit from waters’ qualities. Be sure to check with your medical doctor and podiatrist first before trying any therapeutic options to see which one is best fit for you.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the foot and ankle. If there are any other questions feel free to contact the office at 973 673 – 3668.