Current trends in hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy
Currently there is a lot of information on the internet about pool exercises, hydrotherapy and/or aquatic therapy, but it should be considered which recommendations are based on scientific evidence, adapting to the objectives and needs of people seeking this type of therapy, to solve their health problems, which conventional medicine has not been able to reverse.
Below we will show our readers the 7 current trends in hydrotherapy and with simple language, professional and attractive.
1) Directed by a specialist in aquatic therapy and prescription of physical exercise in swimming pool.
At present many professionals want to prescribe hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy, but in some cases their professional training, does not give them the minimum resources necessary to approach it in the best way, since it is necessary to know about the physical principles of water, physiological effects to the immersion during physical exercise, biomechanics, training principles and their clinical approach.
Therefore, it is necessary to be categorical, that personal trainer, physical education teachers or physical trainers, can not perform aquatic therapy, but the most appropriate professional is the Kinesiologist or Physical Therapist.
2) In hydrotherapy, a health, rehabilitation and fitness approach should be integrated.
It is not enough to only use hydrotherapy, to reduce body pain or to relax the mind, it is necessary to integrate fitness, health and rehabilitation approaches, since cardiometabolic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cholesterolemia) are on the rise, Incidence of stroke and acute myocardial infarction (AMI), becoming aquatic therapy, an excellent alternative for neuro rehabilitation and cardiac rehabilitation.
Also, the increase in the elderly, as a product of age, should develop musculoskeletal disorders, such as osteoarthritis, tendinopathies, balance problems and rheumatic pains, which can be treated with hydrotherapy and complete immersion in one heated pool.
In addition, the approach to health promotion, through fitness, can avoid all these complications, for the younger generations, who are more aware of their health, well-being and quality of life.
3) Personalized therapy sessions in small groups.
The sessions of hydrogymnastics or Zumba in the water, with more than 20 users, led by a teacher or monitor, are going to disappear, because they are not individualized therapies and all the people perform the same choreography, without considering the differences in physical capacity, diseases nor goals.
4) Incorporate people who can not swim or have a water phobia.
There is a percentage of people who have a phobia about swimming, not knowing how to swim or having had a bad experience when they were children or young people, being necessary to incorporate them, using specific flotation equipment or techniques that give security, confidence and overcome that phobia.
5) Sessions adapted to the objetives and needs of each user.
It is already obsolete, to perform the same exercises to all people within a hydrotherapy session, because within the group of 20 users, there may be people with body aches (back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain), hypertensive, diabetic, osteoarthritis, hip prosthesis, cardiopaths, among others.
Reflecting that each user, has different objectives, according to their needs and problems that they want to solve with the exercises in the pool.
6) Quantify the results obtained by hydrotherapy.
To determine the success of the therapies, the results obtained should be quantified, so it is extremely important to evaluate the initial health condition, which for the person are more relevant, according to their objectives, for example reducing doses of pain medication, reduce cholesterol levels, regulate glycemia, increase gait or range functionality, lower adipose tissue, among others.
Therefore, assessments should be sensitive (ability of the test to detect disease in sick subjects) and specific (ability of the test to give as negative cases the really healthy cases, proportion of healthy correctly identified), eliminating false positives and false negative.
7) Option of medical reimbursements with health institutions.
When developing aquatic therapy, it is within health benefits, so it has codes or tariffs that public or private health institutions must recognize and reimburse, and medical order is necessary in certain countries or states.
Becoming a great financial help for the user, facilitating access to these types of effective therapies and have a great scientific support.
Kaenz, is the worldwide reference that is leading these trends in aquatic therapy currently, with very good results in different users with cardiometabolic diseases (diabetics, hypertensive, obese, dyslipidemic, insulin resistant), body aches (fibromyalgia, back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and hip pain), pregnant women, people with cancer, postsurgical (prosthesis, bypass, pacemakers, osteosynthesis) and people with mental health problems, as common in these times as stress.
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