Joy Klassen was awarded her Honours degree after studying Human Kinetics for 4 years at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She then worked in Canada for 9 years for a Rehab company assisting clients with their physical rehabilitation after injury, surgery, or chronic condition onset. During this time she became a Certified Hydrotherapist, and has been absolutely amazed by the results. She is very excited to bring her expertise and experience to South Africa.
Who will benefit from Hydrotherapy?
Everyone!!...especially those with conditions related to: whiplash, post-op orthopaedic injuries, arthritic conditions, cardiovascular conditions and poor posture. Joy also specializes in core strengthening for post pregnancy moms and people with back pain and weakness.
What will Hydrotherapy offer you?
Joy will develop an appropriate, individualized program for you in the water/pool utilizing the physical properties of the water. Buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, resistance and analgesia are all physical properties of the water that facilitate a protective environment for therapy to be conducted in, thus providing optimum results. Such devises as: webbed gloves, flex paddles, buoyancy dumbbells and noodles will be incorporated as tolerated. Hydrotherapy will assist in restoring joint range of motion (ROM), increasing muscle and cardiovascular strength and endurance. Hydrotherapy also improves flexibility, mobility and posture. Hydrotherapy will also decrease pain, reduce edema/inflammation and help to reduce muscle guarding.
It’s something new, fun and exciting! And you don’t even have to know how to swim!!
Sessions will be approx. 45min in length and be held in a local heated, indoor pool.
Some interesting facts about exercise in water:
Did you know?
1. The hydrostatic pressure water exerts on the body while immersed in it has a massage effect and helps to dissipate lactic acid that could otherwise cause muscle stiffness & pain. Swelling and water retention are also decreased!
2. The resistance water offers is in effect a natural 3-dinmentional weight training machine. It’s instantly adjustable i.e the harder you push/pull, the more resistance you encounter.
3. Water offers an analgesic (pain relief) effect. Much like ice, it provides a counter irritant i.e. a surface stimulant to over ride pain in an injured area.
4. When exercising in water, buoyancy is the acting force, not gravity like on land, thus concentric, not eccentric muscular contractions are used. Therefore weaker muscles are trained and strengthened.
5. Water acts like a cushion for weight bearing joints, thus preventing injury, strain and re-injury common to land exercises. Waters’ buoyancy has an un-loading effect on the body.
6. When exercising in water your heart rate is 10-15 b.p.m. lower than on land given the same workload, your heart is therefore working more efficiently.
If you want to find out more or to book an appointment contact:
072 925 6881