Have you ever heard of Aqua Yoga? You might be wondering, can this gentle and low-impact exercise really help with your low back pain? The answer is Yes! Read more about Aqua Yoga below!
Stretching in the pool is beneficial for and can be practiced by individuals of all fitness levels. Buoyancy supports the body for better range of motion, while moving against the natural resistance of the water improves strength.
In fact, when researchers investigated the effects of aquatic strength training on health and fitness of postmenopausal women, they discovered significant physiological benefits. Of great importance to those with back pain, findings showed that aquatic resistance exercises may provide more benefits to individuals who would be more sensitive to heavier loading or impact which may occur when training on dry land with certain devices and exercise.
Buoyancy and resistance make water an ideal environment for:
- Improving flexibility
- Decreasing risk of injury and chronic low back pain
- Reducing stiffness
- Improving muscle balance and postural awareness
- Enhancing joint health and decreasing likelihood of degenerative joint disease