While exercising is a great way to stay fit and stretch your muscles, it is not recommended for people who suffer from chronic pain.
Yet exercise is still an important part of life which cannot be ignored. This is where aquatic therapy comes into play.
Aquatic therapy is basically low impact exercise done inside a swimming pool for people who suffer from different kinds of pain. When different types of exercises are done inside a swimming pool or any appropriate body of water, there is mild resistance provided by the water which makes for an easier work out for people.
These exercises are easy on the muscles and do not aggravate people’s chronic pain but actually help to alleviate it to some degree.
Aquatic therapy helps build muscle and relieve tension without further distressing a person already in chronic pain.
Here are five exercises you can try which will help alleviate chronic pain in the long run:
Wall Facing Leg Stretches
This one is fairly simple. All you need to do is face the pool’s wall and grab it with both your hands so that your arms make a ‘V’. Do the same with your legs so they mirror the ‘V’ your arms are making. Switch to the other side and repeat.
Stand with your back to the pool’s wall. Then do 10 to 20 steps in the same side ways position and repeat to cover the other side. If you feel you are running out of breath, slow down your pace. There is no need to hurry.
This exercise is extremely relaxing. All you have to do is lie on your back as you float in the water and mimic a gentle paddling motion with your arms and legs. After you have done this for a few minutes, you can turn around and repeat it for your other side. Unless you are an excellent swimmer, please make sure you wear a life vest or have someone supervise your exercise.
Knee to Chest
Make sure you perform this exercise near the wall of the pool. Hold on to the side of the pool with one arm. Stand on one leg and stretch the other one out as far as it can go, then slowly bring it in, in a way that the knee comes to the chest. Bring the leg down and repeat a few more times. Repeat the same thing with the other leg.
Stand near the pool wall for support. Then raise your leg with the knee straight in a way that it looks like you are kicking. Use the same leg and stretch it out to your side and then stretch out the same leg to your back. Repeat these, a couple of times with both legs.
These five exercises are designed to allow your muscles to stretch out gently and get the little exercise they need. Soon enough your sore and stiff muscles will loosen up and your chronic pain will reduce dramatically.
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