It’s a fact that regular exercise benefits older adults by building muscle strength, improving balance and flexibility, and boosting self-esteem. Due to medical conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis and tendonitis, many seniors don’t get the activity that they need. Thanks to aquatic therapy those same individuals can still exercise without putting a lot of stress on sensitive bones and tissues. If you are caring for an aging loved one who lives with chronic pain, here’s why water therapy might just be the relief they need.  

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy is therapy that’s done in a pool with warm water to restore movement and strength through the combination of heat, buoyancy and resistance. The goal of water therapy is to rehabilitate someone after an injury, or those with chronic illness, without placing a lot of weight on their sensitive tissues.

Water therapy is usually provided by a licensed physical therapist or occupational therapist. The warm water that’s used creates a soothing, low impact therapeutic environment by providing the right temperature and buoyancy for healing and recovery.

Positive Effects of Pool-Based Therapies

Seniors with a wide range of injuries and chronic conditions may benefit from pool-based therapies like aqua aerobics and aquatic therapy. This would include those with arthritis, low back pain, orthopedic injuries and tendonitis. In addition to its versatility, other benefits of water therapy include:

Helps prevent disease

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can help prevent or slow the progression of many chronic diseases that target the elderly. This would include diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Also, exercise strengthens the immune system, which helps protect seniors from illnesses an