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The use of the aquatic environment as a therapeutic medium has numerous benefits for both athletic conditioning and rehabilitation:
 
    
The warm temperature of the water aids in muscle relaxation and pain control.
The buoyancy of the water can be used to increase joint range of motion and flexibility.
Turbulence can be created to challenge joint and core stability.




 
The hydrostatic pressure of the water increases venous return. An increase in venous return (blood flowing back to the heart) results in a decrease in cardiac output. As a result, a patient exercises at a lower heart rate. Therefore the strain on the cardiovascular system is reduced. This is ideal for patients recovering from a long sick bed, a period of inactivity or who are obese.
An increase in venous return reduces swelling and oedema.





 
The amount of gravity imposed on the body can easily be adjusted in the water. Deeper water is used to decrease the gravitational forces acting on the body. This is ideal for patients recovering from lower extremity or back surgery. Gait retraining and the reintroduction of functional movements can be done with less strain. The fear of falling is also diminished. As patients become stronger and more stable, gravity is slowly reintroduced by exercising in shallower water.



 
The water is an excellent medium for cross-training. Cross-training may be used as a means of maintaining cardiovascular fitness while recovering from injury. It can also be used as a method to recover from a strenuous exercise session without the risk of developing overuse of repetitive strain injuries.
 
     
 
Aquatic therapy and conditioning techniques used at the Movement Science Institute include:
Watsu techniques
Bad Ragaz Ring method
Hallowick
 
 
The Movement Science Institute has access to two indoor heated pools on the premises. The pools are kept at a temperature of 30° C all year round.