Water is one of the best mediums for exercising with back pain
For people with chronic back pain, or those looking to rehabilitate a long-standing spinal injury, we often recommend they get wet! The pool is often the best way to ease back into exercising, even if your end goal is to return to land-based activity. Water-based exercise offers the same benefits as land-based, but with significantly fewer risks. The pool, especially a warm-water pool designed for water therapy, is a much gentler environment in which you can regain lost confidence and improve body balance. With the limitation of gravity removed, you are able to move more freely, exercise more effectively and restore lost range of motion in the spinal joints. This is something we can get behind.
How does water therapy work?
The buoyancy of water combats the incessant downward force of gravity, immediately taking pressure off your spinal joints; the warm water encourages blood circulation that helps repair the supportive soft tissues surrounding your spine; the water itself provides a natural resistance that strengthens your muscles with every movement; hydrostatic pressure improves heart and lung functioning. Do you need more reasons?
Customized spinal health care in the pool
The best part is that water therapy is completely customizable: just like your chiropractic care, if you find the right specialist, you can get a program that is designed with your spine in mind. With all this in mind, it is still advisable to check in with a spinal health care specialist before starting any new exercise routine for the spine. At our office in Dunedin, we can refer you to the appropriate water therapist in our area on the basis of a full spine examination. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today.