We know that in heated water, the body is unloaded and supported, reducing the stress on joints, easing pain and making movement easier. Most people are more relaxed and the nervous system is more receptive.
- The supportive nature of water allows a variety of movements to be explored and the ability to move in ways not possible on land.
- It is a safe, non-threatening environment where balance can be challenged without the fear of falling
- It offers the individual an opportunity to experience and discover their ability rather than their disability
- The hydrostatic pressure of the water reduces swelling in limbs
- Buoyancy allows us to very effectively grade how much weight someone is taking through his or her limbs. This is excellent for post fracture rehabilitation or with acute pain.
- There is considerable resistance to moving through water due to the density of water, turbulence and drag. Turbulence and resistance is increased as you move faster. The body works much harder doing the same activity in water compared to land. This is great news for strengthening, stability and fitness work.
- It is usually a pleasurable experience and is certainly fun for children.