Ocean water has many therapeutic benefits and elderly adults are finding it to be a cost-effective way to heal the body from a holistic standpoint. If you are caring for an aging parent, it is important to become familiar with the variety of alternative medicine options, including the use of sea water therapy for aching joints and muscles.
In geriatric care, many older adults are referred to professional physical therapy or rehabilitation as a way to provide passive physical therapy as well as active physical therapy. Within this setting, older adults are also educated on home exercise programs that can be used to alleviate pain in the joints often instructing on resistance exercises that can be done in the privacy of the home environment.
If you are looking for a more cost effective, and natural, way to help your loved one overcome joint aches and pains, you may want to ask the physician about the use of sea water therapy. If you live along the coastal areas, sea water therapy can be obtained easily with the instruction from a licensed physical therapist. Once instructed on how to engage in sea water exercises, your loved one can then pursue these types of exercises, to alleviate joint pain, at their leisure.
It is important, of course, to never let your loved one venture into the ocean alone and without proper supervision especially if they suffer from abnormal gait or complications with strength and balance. Wearing a life jacket may also be necessary when engaging in home sea water therapy exercises. Ultimately, however, this type of exercise program is healthy, inexpensive, and provides a holistic approach to healing while building resistance strength training using the body’s own weight.
Joint pain and muscle pain are a common health complication among the elderly. As more and more adults are turning to physical therapy programs, there is a need to consider natural options to alleviate pain. With easy access to a coastal region, your loved one can use sea water therapy to find a quite solution to joint pain and relaxation from many of life’s trivial pain inducing incidences.
Sources: Marine Therapy, by Jose Soto, M.D.