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Healing Waters: Perth Swimming Pools Can Help Treat Various Ailments

23 October

Swimming pools in Perth homes have been more than just places for recreation. Pools have been used to help with various ailments, such as arthritic pain and fibromyalgia, among others. Aqua therapy is one of the most accessible of relaxation therapies around, as this can be done in the comfort of one’s own home, at the pool. Aqua therapy, according to Ann Pietrangelo, in her article for Healthline, can also help multiple sclerosis sufferers to relax and keep fit despite their condition:

Many people with MS find that water therapy is the easiest and most rewarding way to stay physically active. The buoyancy of water helps to support weak limbs, making them feel lighter. Water also provides resistance, which helps strengthen muscles. People with MS may find it easier to stand in the water than on dry land, and there’s a lower risk of injury due to a fall.

Open Swim-Multiple Sclerosis Water Therapy

Pool therapy has been around since the 1930s, with many vacation resorts touting their natural hot springs as therapeutic for various ills and pains. In the past, specialized facilities are built to provide water therapy to chronic sufferers, but today, with many reliable Perth pool companies around, such as Guardian Pools, you can have professionals build the right-sized pool for your own special needs. You can learn and apply the various healing techniques of aqua therapy and apply them right in the comfort of your home.

For simple activity and exercises, you may not need a professional therapist to guide you. Regular swimming and laps everyday can provide several health benefits to any swimmer. First, since it’s an aerobic activity, swimming is good for both your heart, lungs, and muscles. It is low-impact enough so that there is no risk of damage to any part of the body. Second, swimming increases one’s stamina. Many people suffering from regular fatigue would have their condition improved.

Pool therapy, however, can be truly beneficial under the guidance of a trained physical therapist or a water aerobics instructor. There are several treatment options that professionals would recommend, according to one’s health needs. An excellent exercise is Ai Chi, a variation of Tai Chi developed back in 1993, which involves deep breathing and sweeping movements while in the water. It uses the resistance of the water to help relax and strengthen muscles. Another example is Aqua running. As the name suggests, it is the simple act of running or jogging in water, but the buoyancy changes it into a low-impact aerobic workout. It’s been used to rehabilitate athletes and provide the elderly with an easier alternative to actual jogging.

(Source: Open Swim: Multiple Sclerosis Water Therapy, Healthline, April 18, 2014)