[public-health] PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS: The Water Workout Trend Health Experts Are Gushing Over

 

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PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS:

The Water Workout Trend Health Experts Are Gushing Over

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The Water Workout Trend Health Experts Are Gushing Over

By MARY BROPHY MARCUS

CBS NEWS

September 2, 2016, 10:38 AM

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/
water-workout-aquatic-treadmill-hydrotherapy-exercise-trend/

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Whether you call it water running, aqua jogging or hydrotherapy, you cant beat a workout in water for an array of health benefits, many experts say. Everyone from pro athletes to stroke survivors are benefitting from aquatic exercise that combines walking or running against the natural resistance of the water to help build strength and endurance.

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Running and walking in water is an excellent form of physical therapy for people rehabilitating from hip, knee and back injuries and surgeries. Its also an easy-on-the joints form of exercise for seniors and others who suffer from arthritis, and a recent study shows it can speed recovery from stroke faster than using a traditional treadmill.

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Its just an all-around good aerobic conditioner for athletes, too, sports medicine expert Dr. Naresh Rao, told CBS News. Rao is the Olympic Team USA Water Polo Physician for the 2016 Summer Games.

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Weve been using hydrotherapy to help decrease any sort of gravity that can affect joint function, said Rao, who is also with the department of family medicine at Plainview Hospital in Plainview, New York. I personally prescribe it for knee issues and low back issues.

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Hydrotherapy uses a water-friendly treadmill that can be placed in a pool. Another method involves a specially designed treadmill tank.

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Matt Johnson, a physical therapist at St. Lukes Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, told CBS News that the tank is basically a freestanding tub, about six feet long by three feet wide, with a motorized belt. The water height can be adjusted to the patients abilities. The buoyancy of the water helps someone whos been injured to walk and run a little sooner than theyd be able to do on dry ground, he explained.

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In water, we can teach them sooner. They can really work on their gait, walk without pain, do exercises in water that you wouldnt be able to do on land, said Johnson.

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He uses a HydroTrack Underwater Treadmill System  professional sports teams including the New York Yankees and the Miami Dolphins, have used it, too. The nice thing about it, said Johnson, is that people can step right into the tank at ground level and then the water fills up around them. It works like a lock on a canal, he said. So, even older patients with limited mobility and balance dont have to negotiate getting down into a pool.

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Johnson starts off recuperating athletes and patients in water somewhere between waist and chest height. The treadmill speed can be set anywhere from 0.3 to 7.1 miles per hour depending on how much resistance a person can handle.

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At waist height, its at about 50 percent of body weight. At chest height, its about 30 percent of body weight, Johnson said, noting, for example, that a person with an injured knee who weighs 100 pounds who is running in waist-high water would only feel like 50 pounds on the bad knee.

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Taking some of that pressure off the knee helps them tolerate that knee injury longer, said Johnson.

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