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Water Therapy Exercises

Pool Therapy Exercise Techniques
• Knee-to-chest exercise. This movement is performed while standing on one leg, which is slightly bent, and one leg outstretched in front while one hand holds onto the side of the pool. It strengthens and stretches the muscles in the leg, hip and lower back.
• Leg raise exercise. This movement is performed with one leg outstretched and the supporting leg slightly bent while one hand holds onto the side of the pool. It strengthens and stretches the muscles in the leg, hip and lower back.
• Wall-facing leg stretch exercise. In this stretching exercise individuals assume a “Superman” position with hands resting on side of pool and the body and legs outstretched into and supported by water. This extends all regions of the back and the joints in the back, as well as stretching shoulder muscles.
• Pool walking exercise. Walking both forward and backward in chest-high water works the leg muscles while exerting no impact of the knees or hips, which is particularly important for people who have arthritis in those joints. The walking exercise can be made more demanding with the addition of hand floats or light weights, so a stroll in the pool becomes an aquatic version of power walking.
• Quadruped activity and exercise. This exercise works legs and arms and is performed while floating on one’s back (sometimes achieved with a therapist supporting the trunk or using a flotation jacket). The individual makes paddling motions with his or her arms and legs.
Spa treatments complementing water therapy for back pain typically involve relaxing in warm, agitated water such as that found in whirlpool baths. This form of hydrotherapy relaxes muscles, improves muscle blood flow and increases general blood circulation, which make the body more flexible and can prepare it for water therapy or land-based exercise.


Recovery and Injury Prevention with Massage

by Mel Fabros

Massage isn’t just an amenity to make you feel good, but can actually help you recover faster from workouts  and prevent injuries! Let’s face it; we push our bodies to the limit every day.  I’ve trained with Bodysport for the last year and know just how beat up your body feels on a daily basis.  Overusing your muscles like this may often create problems and imbalances in the soft tissues.  A constant build up of tension in the muscles may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.  The muscles tighten and shorten over time leaving you vulnerable to strains and tears.  If these are ignored, they will hinder your rate of improvement, impede performance, and ultimately make you susceptible to injury.