Physical therapy is a common part of the treatment plan for those who live with a herniated disc. If you are struggling with complications associated with chronic pain in the herniated disc region, it is important to ask your doctor about not only active physical therapy, in a therapy treatment center, but also what you can do to obtain passive physical therapy services.
For low back pain sufferers who live along the coastal regions, there is an advantage to acquiring both passive as well as active physical therapy. In more and more healthcare settings, recommendations for ocean physical therapy is becoming increasingly more common with the ocean providing low-cost and effective rehabilitation and pain control for a herniated disc complication.
With ocean physical therapy, you can hire a physical therapist to provide active range of motion and physical therapy services, supervised, along the ocean water. But, in addition to this, you can also get the passive physical therapy instruction you need so that you can engage in physical therapy, without supervision, when you visit the ocean between therapy sessions.
In following the guidelines of ocean physical therapy, you will reap the benefits of not only the typical water therapy, or hydrotherapy, outcomes but will also realize the benefits of resistance training and therapy. Working against the tide and against the waves, you can strengthen your core and improve your low back integrity while alleviating pain associated with most physical therapy programs. While traditional physical therapy for a herniated disc is also effective, ocean therapy may provide far greater health benefits.
It is important, of course, to obtain your doctor’s referral and to find a therapist who understands the advantages and use of ocean physical therapy. With proper instruction and guidance, this form of rehabilitation and therapy will provide you with not only a significant cost savings, but also encourage outdoor activity and exercise which will go along way in improving your overall healthcare.
While physical therapy in water is not a new part of rehabilitation, the use of ocean waters is becoming increasingly more popular and many patients are finding this form of therapy to be ideal for their health needs from a physical, as well as emotional, standpoint.
Sources: Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy, by Lynn Lippert