If you are seeking out an alternative therapy for sciatica, you may have already heard of warm water therapy. This is a treatment that involves the introduction of warm water into the lower extremities.
A therapist will typically place their patient into a reclining position, remove protective clothing, place a table under the patient's legs, and place a therapy ball under the lower extremity. The therapist will then gently massage the affected area. The patient will most likely feel tingling or mild discomfort.
The hot water will relax the tight mechanical pressure on the soft tissue and reduce inflammation. The increased resistance offered by the heated water encourages increased flexibility and increased strength.
This will allow patients to perform more exercise in the warm water pool than they could on dry land. Increased strength enables the patient to regain a level of mobility that they have lost due to the inflamed muscles.
The increased strength gained from warm water therapy also allows the patient to be more compliant when lying down. The increased mobility also allows the patient to improve their gait.
The increased muscular activity improves blood circulation which allows the muscles to heal. This in turn alleviates pain. In some cases, patients will not be able to walk without some degree of pain, but when they begin to utilize the therapy, they will notice less pain.
One of the most common complaints experienced by those who undergo the therapy is the low water pressure in the pool. Most people are not aware of the fact that the cause of this low pressure can be as simple as having a pool cover on when the weather is inclement.
Another very common reason for low water pressure in the pool is because the pipes in the home, including the hot and cold water pipes, are clogged with debris and other materials. When a patient begins warm water therapy and unclogs the pipes, they will notice an improvement in their body's ability to rid itself of toxins and impurities.
One of the primary goals of warm water therapy is rehabilitation. Patients will notice improvements in their range of motion and overall flexibility. The increase in flexibility makes it easier for the patient to move without experiencing too much pain.
Patients with minor to moderate joint pain will also notice an improvement after the therapy session. This is because the looseness caused by the immobilization of the muscles during treatment causes a release of tension within the joints.
One of the common complaints experienced by those who are undergoing treatments is stiffness and soreness of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. During the treatment, the therapist will be using special pool floats that encourage increased mobility in the ankles, wrists, hips, and knees.
The increased range of motion helps to relieve pain in these areas by stretching the joints. It also helps to improve circulation throughout the body. Once the therapy has been completed, clients will notice less stiffness and soreness in their muscles and joints. These effects can last up to one month after completing the therapy session.
Another common benefit of the therapy is the improvement of range of motion. As the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints become loose during treatment, they become less able to maintain the full range of motion needed to perform everyday activities.
Pool therapy therapists are trained to make the patient flex their elbows and knees while in the pool. This helps to strengthen and improve the range of motion in joints and muscles. This increased range of motion will improve mobility, and decrease the risk of falls in elderly individuals and patients with weakness in these muscles or joints.
Those interested in reducing their chances of falling and improving their overall health should consider warm water therapy. This therapy has been shown to decrease pain in a number of areas including lower back pain, joint pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, head pain, and more.
Those who undergo the therapy find improved flexibility, increased range of motion, and relief from stiffness or pain in their muscles and joints. Pool therapy benefits everyone, no matter what type of physical problem they are trying to improve on.
Content created and supplied by: Akinpedia (via Opera News )