Underwater Running In Therapy Pools

November 11, 2023

Water therapy is excellent for patients who need to exercise without impact. Workouts like running can be hard on the joints and may cause damage. With the help of an underwater treadmill, you can transform your fiberglass pool into an ideal hub for various physical routines in the premise of your home.

Running is an effective way to work out your cardiovascular system. Unfortunately, this same helpful exercise can end up harming your body if you have a condition or an injury. With the help of underwater treadmills, partial or non-weight-bearing patients could recover quickly from their surgeries. More expensive therapy pools have adjustable speeds and resistance jets to adjust the intensity gradually. Here are the benefits of using an underwater treadmill:

  • Promotes the strengthening of muscles.
  • Improves stamina.
  • Enhances early ROM (range of motion).
  • Facilitates training of gait in a very low-impact workout environment.
  • Simulates land-based movements and bio-mechanics for gait development.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Helps in performing plyometrics.
  • Offers exercises in various planes of motion.
  • Relieves stiffness in the joints.

Underwater treadmills are equipped with rubberized belts for more traction. Patients who use it can wear non-skid shoes or just go barefoot. This exercise equipment can run from 0.1 miles per hour to 10 miles per hour, allowing the patient to side shuffle, walk, sprint, jog, carioca, or backwards walk. Small fiberglass therapy pools are ideal for one person. Larger pools are great for group exercises.

To reduce joint inflammation and hasten muscle recovery in athletes, an underwater treadmill should be placed in a cold-water therapy pool. To relax the muscles, it should be placed in a hot-water therapy pool.

The most updated therapy pools have massage hoses and temperature control, which target specific areas of the muscle. Massage capabilities in therapy pools help prevent the build-up of lactic acid while using the underwater treadmill. The massaging motions underwater also speed up the recovery time and reduce muscle aches. Using an underwater treadmill can help patients who deal with chronic pain all the time.

Because water therapy is individualized, the water levels of the pool should be adjusted per patient’s needs. This also determines the percentage of the patient’s weight that needs to be supported.

Underwater treadmills are essential for the recovery of specific patients. If you plan on turning your fiberglass pool into a therapy pool, it is best to see if an underwater treadmill can fit in it. Using such an exercise machine can accelerate your recovery and improve your general health. For more information about aquatic therapy fibreglass pools, please feel free to talk to our experts at