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Water Exercises for Back Pain

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Water exercises have become one of the most popular activities for physical therapy, and for good reason. Working in a low-gravity environment allows exercise of muscles and joints while they are relaxed and not supporting the body. This promotes normal range of motion, increased circulation, strengthening, stretching, traction, and endurance all at the same time.

Given the decreased strain the body enjoys while in the water, Aquatic exercise can be performed by people of nearly all ages, physical conditions, and functional ability. At Biscup Spine, we often recommend water exercises to patients as part of their back pain treatments.

What is Water Exercise?

Water exercises can take place in heated swimming pools, lap pools, lazy rivers, and on underwater treadmills. Many physical therapy centers focus on aquatic or water therapy. Community recreation centers such as the YMCA offer classes, including specially tailored sessions for individuals with arthritis, osteoporosis and de-conditioning.

Water yoga and water Pilates programs can also be healthful but should be undertaken in heated pools. Equipment such as water dumbbells and ankle weights use the resistance of the water to strengthen muscles and enhance the workout.

For a highly beneficial, hour-long routine that can be performed every day, by almost everyone, we recommend the following:

  • Start by floating with a life vest, flotation belt, or hanging on a life buoy for 15 minutes in the deep end with the feet not touching the bottom. This essentially provides stretching of the muscles and traction therapy similar to spinal decompression machines.
  • Use water dumbbells and ankle weights to move the water around while in this hanging traction position for another 15 minutes. The resistance of the water provides necessary resistance to exercise the muscles in the extremities and core spinal muscle groups.
  • Move to a shallower area so the water is about chest high, and walk, jog or run – forward, backwards, sideways, or bouncing for 30 minutes.

For sports injuries or post-surgical rehabilitation, working with a physical therapist is strongly advisable. For some patients with certain spine conditions that may require surgery, the pool is a good predictor of the outcome of surgery. If pain or symptoms subsids preoperatively with the above pool program, it is a good indicator that pain will vanish with surgery – and with an ongoing rehabilitation program afterwards.

Water exercises can help ease the pain from sprains, strains, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and many other back pain conditions. Call (800) 533-7313 to learn more.

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