Hydrostatic pressure is pressure that is exerted by or exists within a liquid at rest with respect to adjacent bodies. When in a pool, that hydrostatic pressure compresses skin, muscles, and joints, which can provide a wonderful cardiopulmonary workout without adding stress or tension to joints. The buoyancy and resistance of the water can help tone and build muscles while reducing pain. The natural viscosity of water forces movement to be slower, helping to rebuild muscle memory while also adding an overall sense of relaxation.
At assisted living and independent living facilities, challenging balance activities, such as standing on one leg and walking in a variety of directions, can be done in a pool and can reduce a resident’s fear of falling, allowing them to participate in more challenging activities and reduce the risk of falls. The lighthearted atmosphere that water promotes is vital to the healing process for both body and mind.
Offering ways to exercise with less pain in a social environment increases AL/IL residents’ overall quality of life and increases the ability for these residents to age in place, which in turn increases occupancy and resident satisfaction.
At Functional Pathways, we understand the importance of aqua therapy and the many benefits it can offer residents in our partner facilities. Many of our facilities have pools and participate in aquatic activities to improve the lives of their seniors.
Here is a look at specific water-based programs that Functional Pathways offers:
- Ai Chi (water-based Tai Chi) – Uses breathing techniques and progressive resistance training in water to relax and strengthen the body
- BackHab – The Water Way to Mobility and Pain Free Living designed for individuals with back conditions.
- Halliwick – Focuses on biophysical principles of motor control in water to promote balance and core stability.
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) – Involves both the stretching and contracting of the targeted muscle groups for improving flexibility and range of motion.
- Pilates in the pool – Exercises are translated into a pool setting to increase strength and range of motion using eccentric contractions.
- Unpredictable Command Technique (UCT) – Focuses on regaining somatic awareness, balance, coordination, and reaction time. This is an ideal format for those with neurological conditions.
In addition to our aquatic therapy programs, Functional Pathways offers aquatic classes as part of our wellness program. Conditions that could benefit from aquatic therapy:
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Chronic Pain
- Balance and ambulation disorders
- Total Joint Arthroplasty
- Chronic Spinal Stenosis
- Post-podiatric or orthopedic surgery
- Athletic injuries
- Fall Prevention
Everyone who goes through therapy or participates in wellness has unique circumstances, aches and pains. Functional Pathways’ therapists and wellness coordinators provide customized aquatic programs based on the individual needs of the person. Our objective is to provide Therapeutic Aquatic programming to meet your residents’ goals and help them to thrive in place gracefully!
Please reach out to learn more about our aquatic therapy offerings and how we can help enhance the lives of your residents.