PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a board-certified physical therapist, Mahir Reiss
proudly promotes a recent article that explains why Olympic-class swimmers are not the only ones who benefit from water exercise. The report says, "The impact of some sports and exercise routines can lead to injuries and an inability to continue the activity. A water exercise program can give you an opportunity to maintain a desired level of fitness for the rest of your life, while minimizing the toll on your joints. The buoyancy of the water takes some pressure off your joints, bones and muscles and allows you to move more freely and with less pain."
Mahir Reiss is the co-owner of Reiss and Westwood Physical Therapy, a practice that offers a unique approach to physical and aquatic therapy. "We use a variety of manual therapy, aquatic therapy and land exercises in order to help patients regain balance and strength," he said. "Aquatic therapy is less about getting exercise, and more about improving strength, relieving pain and improving balance. However, those who participate in aquatic exercise without previous injuries are gaining some of the benefits of therapy, helping to relieve stress and pressure on the joints."
The article explains that water tends to have a therapeutic effect on the muscles, "allowing them to relax and gain more flexibility as you stretch. The water also adds natural resistance for developing a strength program. Weights, paddles, gloves and other water exercise equipment can be used to vary the intensity of your workout." The report also mentions that it is possible to get a cardiovascular workout in the water: "To get the full benefit of aerobic conditioning you should spend at least 20 minutes three times a week at water exercise. To increase your cardiac output in the water, you can try walking, leaping, kicking and jogging in the pool."
Mahir Reiss adds that aquatic therapy is designed for individuals working to overcome injury or chronic pain, whereas anyone can participate in aquatic exercise classes. "Aquatic therapy provides the ideal buoyant environment that enhances the range of motion and supplies just enough resistance to build up a client's strength, without adding further pressure and stress to an injured body part." According to Reiss, the physical properties of the water bring down swelling and increase circulation. He notes how the treatments are performed in a warm pool, which makes the patient comfortable and helps prevent muscle tension.
He encourages clients to explore the treatment, even if they have weak swimming skills. Mahir Reiss adds, "You don't have to have exceptional swimming abilities to reap the benefits of aquatic therapy, and a physical therapist can work with those who have fears or anxieties about pools or waters."
is a physical therapist with more than 35 years of clinical experience in the field. He serves clients who are recovering from injury or surgery and treats those dealing with chronic pain. Some services he provides include: arthritis minimization, spine rehabilitation, chronic pain treatment, balance and coordination training, shoulder surgery rehabilitation programs, ACL surgery rehabilitation programs, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, aquatic therapy and more. The facilities offer flexible appointments to accommodate families.