Are you considering adding aquatic therapy to your senior living community?
Adding aquatic therapy can produce a safe and comfortable environment for your residents and your community members to rehabilitate and condition.
Here are 5 equitable reasons why aquatics is valuable to your community:
- Fall Reduction. Statistics show that as people age their risk of injury due to a fall increases. The natural properties of water allow residents to feel comfortable in a HydroWorx doing movements that would otherwise be too difficult or painful to do on land. The features that our pools offer—ascending/descending floor, underwater treadmill, camera and video monitoring, and resistance jets—allow physical therapists to prevent injuries before they happen.
- Increased Lengths of Stay. Water allows residents to recover safely, quickly and effectively from injury or surgery. Exercising in water also builds strength and endurance to enable individuals to maintain their activities of daily living longer. This allows them to stay independent longer, reducing a facilities overall expense when they are able to increase their length of stay in Independent Living or Assisted Living Communities.
- Wellness Programs. Many seniors desire to keep an active lifestyle. Despite any physical conditions they often want to continue to stay fit. Offering programs with aquatic therapy opens the door for people with many different conditions to exercise. While patients are in the water they are challenged to go beyond their comfort zones and to push their limits in a safe environment. HydroWorx pools offer many features that can change the intensity of a program like the multi-use jet system, adjustable floor, and massage treatment.
- Additional Revenue. Being able to offer some of these services to residents as well as community members can be a great way to generate additional revenue. Grabbing the attention of residents to participate in aquatic therapy can lead to, private pay services, outsourcing pool space for rehabilitation services, and admissions and census growth. Additionally, opening your pool to the community promotes goodwill, inter-generational interaction and branding for future residents.
- Becoming the Community of Choice in Your Area. By offering the same high-tech aquatic therapy used by professional athletes is a great amenity for recruiting new residents to your community. Getting the name of your community out in the surrounding areas, along with the services and amenities you offer brings the potential for growth.
After hearing all about the benefits of therapy in a warm water environment, it makes you want to get in a try a HydroWorx pool right?
Well, we have many opportunities for you to ‘experience’ a HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool from attending a live webcast online to taking advantage of our ‘Try Before You Buy Program’ and more!
To find a list of our upcoming in-person demonstration events hosted in a current HydroWorx customers’ poolroom, visit our website today. We’re hopeful you will be able to find one in your area.
Additionally, a private HydroWorx demonstration at one of our hundreds of customers is a great option as well. We’ll even pay you for the experience! Should you choose to travel to a HydroWorx pool, we will gladly refund the cost of your airfare or traveling expenses (up to $500) upon the purchase of any HydroWorx pool*. Contact Michele Reber at email@example.com if you are interested, and she will help you find the most convenient location to test out the same HydroWorx pool used by elite sports and healthcare institutions throughout the world. Offer does not include driving related expenses.
Our new webcasts are also a wonderful opportunity to see the features of a HydroWorx pool in action. If you are not able to attend in person, the webcast is broadcast live from the deck of a HydroWorx pool where the features of the pool are demonstrated throughout the online presentation Stay up to date with our educational events by visiting: www.hydroworx.com/events
Whether you are able to walk on an underwater treadmill during a demonstration event or you are viewing a video presentation live from your computer, you will be able to clearly see and understand all of the features and uses of the pool.
Some of those features include:
- HydroWorx Underwater Treadmill
- Benefits of the underwater treadmill:
- Promotes early range of motion
- Initiates early gait training in low impact environment
- Replicates the proper biomechanics of land-based movements
- Improved cardiovascular stamina
- Benefits of the underwater treadmill:
- Resistance Jets
- Benefits of resistance therapy jets:
- Provides resistance for range of motion exercises
- Increases healing and strengthening of injured tissue
- Increases flexibility
- Improves circulation
- Assists and resistive exercises
- Benefits of resistance therapy jets:
- Deep Tissue Massage Hose
- Benefits of the deep tissue massage hose:
- Lactic acid flushing
- Muscle relaxation
- Scar tissue manipulation
- Myofascial release
- Pain Management
- Improve daily symptoms or arthritic and chronic pain conditions
- Benefits of the deep tissue massage hose:
- Underwater Video Monitoring
- Benefits of the underwater video monitoring:
- Watch yourself progress as it happens in “real-time”
- Provides valuable feedback on exercises
- Corrects gait inconsistency
- Promotes correct biomechanics
- Offers added safety
Now’s your chance to experience the world-class HydroWorx therapy pool in person. Schedule your in-person demo today by contacting Michele Reber at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Not valid with any other offers.
Three up…Three down! Baseball teams reported to spring training a little over a week ago. It’s that time of year to grab your cleats off the hook, take your glove from out of the closet, and swing for the fences!
Any athlete knows that in preparation for a long season, a great deal of planning must take place. Preparing lifting programs, eating the right kinds of food, gearing up the practice schedule, creating conditioning programs and more. For some however, recovering from an injury is essential before they are able to throw their first pitch or have their first at bat.
Any athlete who is recovering from an injury should expect to recover in a reasonable amount of time. One way of accomplishing this goal is with aquatic therapy. Warm water therapy is not only extremely beneficial for athletes in the early stages of rehab, but also for maintaining muscle memory and cardiovascular endurance throughout the entire rehabilitation process. Because of water’s natural properties, individuals experience added resistance in the pool when running, walking or performing any exercise, making it an ideal environment for increasing muscle strength and maintaining cardiovascular benefits while injured.
We at HydroWorx want to wish the best of luck to all our customers this season:
- Baltimore Orioles
- Boston Red Sox
- New York Yankees
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Chicago White Sox
- Cleveland Indians
- Minnesota Twins
- Seattle Mariners
- Texas Rangers
- New York Mets
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Washington Nationals
- Cincinnati Reds
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Colorado Rockies
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- San Diego Padres
- Miami Marlins
Baseball season will open in Sydney, Australia with two of our HydroWorx customers competing for the first win of the 2014 season. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will be playing on Sunday March 30th. The game will be on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”
We are excited for the 2014 season to begin! Who are you most excited to watch this season? Let us know on Facebook or tweet to us at, @Hydroworx.
Let’s Play Ball!
Take a look at some baseball specific movements performed in the water by Murphy Grant, MS, ATC/L, CSCS, Director of Sports Medicine at Kansas University.
Bridget Hamilton, a mom of three with another on the way, used to do everything in her power to keep up with her busy day. She worked a full-time job as a teacher at a Dubuque Elementary School. But at the age of 30 Bridget, who was 10 weeks pregnant with her 4th child, was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome which completely paralyzed her, and landed her in the hospital for a few months. Guillain Barre Syndrome is a condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves and can temporarily paralyze the patient.
When in the hospital Bridget was placed on a feeding tube along with a ventilator and she could only blink for communication. One of the main concerns for Bridget was being able to strengthen her body, so she could deliver and then take care of her newborn. Once she got out of the hospital she realized that she had to be proactive in finding a solution to strengthen her body.
The Physical Therapists at Stonehill Franciscan Services in Dubuque, Iowa heard about Bridget’s story and wanted to do something to help. They invited her to begin training at their facility using their HydroWorx Pool.
The HydroWorx pool was the absolute best fit for me. It allowed me to help balance with gaining the strength in my legs and arms…I saw great success fast!
One of the many benefits to using the HydroWorx 2000 Series pool is the adjustable pool floor. Bridget was allowed to use her walker to access the treadmill, then transfer to holding onto the bars while the treadmill was lowered into the water. Some other features of the pool that became useful during therapy were the resistance therapy jets with massage hose, underwater cameras, and variable speed underwater treadmill. Each feature displayed a different benefit for Bridget including balance training, gait training and resistance therapy.
Her ultimate goal was to be able to carry, change and play with her new born baby and kids. Now that her baby is getting older, Bridget continues rehabilitation to strengthen both her upper and lower body.
Watch the case study and pool protocol of Bridget Hamilton:
Have you found yourself training too hard to make it to the “Big Game?” You may not be headed to Sochi, or even the playoffs, but whatever you have set as your next fitness goals, training safely will be a key to reaching them.
In the midst of training, it is important to push yourself to be better, but in any sport, there is always the risk of injury or overtraining. If this has ever happened to you, you are in good company. Athletes such as Lindsay Vonn, Galen Rupp, Mo Farah and Noelle Pikus-Pace face this risk daily.
The obstacle no one ever wants to face is an injury that could potentially interfere with a dream. For Vonn and Pikus-Pace, the unthinkable happened and they both found themselves working their way back from terrible injuries (ACL and meniscus, and broken leg respectively). Each of them used aquatic therapy during their rehabilitation to progress to activities they were not yet able to do on land. At up to 90% non-weight-bearing, activities such as walking, running, side-stepping, plyometric drills and many others become possible before they are able to be done on land. Getting active sooner in the water means an athlete can reap the benefits of the natural properties of water, along with the benefits of getting muscles and joints moving early in a safe environment. The hydrostatic pressure of water works to decrease swelling and increase circulation, water’s buoyancy removes up to 90% of a person’s body weight, and the warmth of the water loosens tight muscles and joints allowing for easier movements. With all of these forces in play, muscles regain their memory more quickly and cardiovascular endurance can be maintained even when full training has to be decreased.
Additionally, professional distance runners Galen Rupp and Mo Farah work hard at the Oregon Project to avoid stress injuries that can occur from such high mileage. One of the methods they use to avoid overtraining is running on the HydroWorx underwater treadmill to safely increase their weekly mileage. Rupp has avoided any major injuries throughout his career, in part, by using underwater running almost daily. By doing so, he has increased strength in his legs and feet as he pushes through the resistance of the water to continue running with his correct form.
If you find yourself coming back from injury or stressed from overtraining, try rehabilitation on an underwater treadmill to increase your morale, strengthen your muscles, maintain cardiovascular fitness and recover faster.
After a hard day of training and conditioning, recovery is a key component of getting your muscles ready for the next day’s work. Many professional athletes use contrast therapy in hot and cold plunge pools in order to enhance recovery by stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation. To learn more about the use of hot and cold water therapy for recovery and regeneration, download the tipsheet today>>
What is your “Big Game?”