Aquatic Therapy – Morning Cup of Jo – Ask Doctor Jo

OhI mean good morning everybody and welcome to the aquatic edition of Morning Cup of Jo. I guess I’m gonna get out and get my computer so I can answer some questions and not get eaten. So let’s go. So I’m back inside, all dried off. I finished playing in the pool and what I want to talk about this morning is aquatic therapy. I love aquatic therapy. I think it’s great. The best part of it is sometimes you can’t do exercises on land, or its really really painful. But if you get in the water, it takes away gravity. Even if you’re just waste high, that takes away about fifty percent of gravity pushing down on your joints. So it’s a great place to do a bunch of exercises that you might not be able to tolerate the land. But don’t let it fool you, aquatic therapy is very deceiving. It feels really easy while you’re in the water, a lot of times people feel great in there, but then they get out in an hour to later they’re just exhausted because it’s a delayed reaction. So make sure you start off with just a little bit. Don’t go til you get tired because if you’re tired in the pool, you’ll be really tired when you get out of the pool. So I want to answer a question from Merrill. She was starting an aquatic program to get back to exercising and a healthy lifestyle, and she wanted to know what the difference between a buoyancy cuff and an ankle weight was. And I think that’s a great question for anybody doing aquatics to know. Ankle weights are actually weights that keep you down. They they don’t float, they go straight down. So you can work in the water getting resistance, but it works the muscles differently because you don’t have to control those muscles to keep the leg down. Those buoyancy cuffs actually float up the legs, or the arms float up, and you have to work those muscles in a different way to keep them down. So it’s really just working one way versus the other. And I definitely say that those ankle weights are probably what you should start off with because you have to have a lot more control keep those buoyancy cuffs down. So that is a great question if you’d like to check out some aquatic videos, you can check them out here. I’ve got a whole bunch of them starting from basic to advanced. Make sure, like I said, to be safe in the water, don’t go until you get tired because you’re going to be even more tired after you get out of the pool. If you have any questions or comments, you want a question answered, make sure you put them in the comments section. I might answer them in the next Morning Cup of Jo. See you next time.

Comments 7

  • I have fibromyalgia and have only been able to tolerate the warm pool. I have heard that both MS and fibro people should do the cold water. What is your advice on this? Thanks

  • I subscribed to you when i had my knee problems but i would just like to say your a lifesaver.Keep it up

  • Doctor could you please tell me names of best core strengthening exercises for one with neck discs problems ?

  • I screamed on the therapy table and could not do anything the PT folks asked. They put me in a pool and I thrived. One thing, like you said, is I may have done too much even with a cool down with the water jets on me. But just as bad was the 3X teeshirt that I wore to keep the ladies off of me got so heavy with water that I really struggled getting out of the pool!!!

  • Super is perfect for my fm
    thnx:) 🌸

  • Hiya,

    May you post some aqua exercise for arm's please?

  • Your videos are exceptional w the under water camera. Thank you for safe and informative videos.

    What type of weights work best in the water? I have ankle weights, but seems like the water would damage them. They would not dry easily, . . .

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