The Need for Aquatic Wellness Classes and Aquatic Therapy in Gaston County:
There currently is not an in-ground pool in Gaston County specifically designed for aquatic therapy.
Aquatic Therapy offers the following benefits:
Increase in joint flexibility. Buoyancy reduces the effects of gravity, allowing for increased joint range of motion. The affected body part will float, making it easier and less painful to move. The warm water also helps to relax muscles that are sore or tight.
Increase in muscle strength. Water is 600-700 times more resistant than air, allowing for increased strengthening of weakened muscles.
Decrease in pain. Immersion in warm water increases an individual’s comfort, by increasing blood supply to sore muscles and promoting relaxation.
Decrease in abnormal tone, spasticity, and rigidity. Water temperatures above 92 degrees in conjunction with hands on techniques are effective in creating neutral warmth, reducing increased tone due to a neurological injury.
Improved balance. The uniform pressure of the water, along with buoyancy, provides support to the body, allowing increased time to react without the fear of falling or getting hurt.