Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting seniors. Arthritis is joint inflammation causing pain and stiffness, it can lead to swelling, and loss of mobility and usually worsens with age.
Arthritis can last for years, or even for life. There is currently no cure, but many treatments, one of those being hydrotherapy.
So what is hydrotherapy? By definition it is the use of water to treat a disease or to maintain health. It focuses on exercises performed in a pool, using smooth and controlled motions to help improve range of motion and strength. Usually, the pools used for hydrotherapy are warmer than average swimming pools, as some studies have shown that the warmer water is soothing for joints. It has also been known to provide stress relief and relaxation.
Hydrotherapy sessions are led by physical therapists or arthritis specialists, who will customize a routine to meet specific needs.