Aquatic therapy is a special form of training which takes place in the water and helps people who have problems with mobility. This form of exercising can be very enjoyable and beneficial in the long run and its effects can be seen immediately. If the term of aquatic therapy is relatively new to you, here are several answers to questions you might have about this subject.
Do I need a bathing suit to participate in aquatic therapy?
Bathing suits are recommended as they are lighter and comfortable. Aquatic therapy exercises take place in the pool, so the bathing suit will help you reap the full benefits of these activities. Changing rooms are available at facilities where aquatic therapy is performed. You can also wear a t-shirt and shorts, but keep in mind that these can get heavier when they become wet, so they might slow you down.
Speaking of pool, is the water in the pool warm?
Yes, the water in the pools where aquatic therapies are performed is maintained warm, so that you don’t feel any discomfort while in the pool. Also, the warm water prevents people who have a weak immune system to catch a cold. Similarly, when the water is comfortably warm, the effects of aquatic therapy will be even more intense.
I want to try aquatic therapy, but I am afraid of water. What should I do?
Many people are afraid of pools and water, but keep in mind that these fears can be easily eliminated, especially when you are coached one on one by professionals. The experts who teach aquatic therapy will help you overcome your fears, so that you enjoy the full benefits of these exercises. However, make sure that you let the therapists know about your water anxiety, so that they can help you eliminate it.
Should I take a shower before entering the pool?
This is highly recommended. In most cases, perfumes, colognes, scents, and so on leave a lingering odor on the surface of the pool and prevent you from enjoying aquatic therapy at full. Similarly, too much dirt, oils, and lotions will make the water filtration system of the pool work overtime and this is counterproductive.
Do I need to bring a towel with me?
Although most facilities where aquatic therapies are held offer you towels, you are free to bring your own towel in order to have a more enjoyable and comfortable experience.
I don’t know how to swim. What should I do?
Aquatic therapy can still be enjoyed by those who cannot swim as the exercises performed in the pool are safe and efficient. Basically, there are 2 types of exercises, specially designed for swimmers and non-swimmers. Let the therapists know if you know how to swim or not and they will guide you to the correct aquatic therapy exercises.
Feel free to contact us if you want to take advantage of professional, tailored aquatic therapy sessions. We have a lot of experience in aquatic therapy and we have already helped a lot of people overcome their health problems using aquatic therapy, so talk to us and find out more!