Water cycling in rehabilitation
What are the main benefits?
Water cycling is performed in a pool using a specifically designed hydro spin bike, reducing the strain on bones, joints and muscles compared to the load demanded on the body during land based exercise. This reduction in load and strain on the body allows individuals who may not be able to complete land based exercise, an alternative pathway to complete exercise in a safer, less demanding environment.
In physiotherapy or rehabilitation, repetitive low impact leg movements are valuable for lower limb injuries, coupled with the buoyancy and warmth of the water, increase joint mobility with ease.
Water cycling can be used to facilitate a range of health outcomes including weight management, cardiovascular fitness, strengthening, injury rehabilitation and cardiac rehabilitation and general fitness training.
Who is most likely to benefit?
Water cycling is great for individuals who are currently unable to tolerate land based exercise due to injury, being overweight/ obese, or the elderly. Individuals with injuries may be able to commence exercise earlier compared to land based alternatives, speeding up recovery timeframes. Individuals who are overweight/ obese may benefit from the reduced strain on their bodies, allowing for more frequent workouts and quicker recover. The elderly may find water cycling a less strenuous form of exercise, however should note the reduced stress on bones does not improve bone mineral density.
Overall, any individual can benefit from water cycling, with the intensity in the pool adjustable to meet individual requirements dependent on their level of fitness.
Are there any concerns for safety?
As with any form of exercise, the prescription should be implemented and monitored by a health professional for individuals using water cycling as a form of treatment, rehabilitation or physiotherapy.
For further information please reach out to us at Evoker, 02 92522433
Sean Wickens, Physiotherapist, Evoker. Sydney CBD.