Swimming for rehab – not only strengthens your muscles, it also increases joint mobility and range of motion, all with no significant pressure on your joints.
What is more, water temperatures help deliver to your joints warm synovial fluid that combats inflammation.
Five facts why swimming is good for rehab:
1) 30 minutes of aquatic training is the equal to 45 minutes – 1 hour of land-based cardiovascular training.
2) Aquatic-based fitness can take place in a vertical or horizontal position, which leads to greater cardiac fitness (because of the decreased blood pressure gradient) and to greater respiratory control.
3) The pressurised environment calls for a greater focus on breathing which strengthens the muscle between the ribs.
4) Swimming delivers improvements in lactic acid tolerance because of improvements in aerobic power (oxygen uptake).
5) Exercising in water suspends the body and eliminates high pressure forces, allowing you to spend longer exercising, more often, while lowering the risk of overuse injuries.