The OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health Fitness offers an individualized “Water Walking” program in which participants use an underwater treadmill to increase flexibility, strength and stamina.
“Water Walking” is particularly beneficial for anyone with joint problems and those dealing with arthritis, fibromyalgia or other conditions that limit movement.
An exercise physiologist works with the participant one-on-one to help with gait pattern, endurance and cardiovascular benefits. The water is maintained at a warm and comfortable 90 to 92 degrees, and water jets help soothe aching joints and muscles.
When the water jets are on low, “Water Walking” is relaxing, like a massage. When the jets are on high, it provides more resistance and is great for strength training.
Because water offers natural resistance to movement, athletes use the underwater treadmill for a cardio workout and for muscle strengthening.
The fees for Water Walking are the same as for having a personal trainer — $48 for two half-hour sessions. Packages of four and eight sessions are also available. Some participants choose to have a personal trainer help them in the OSF Fitness Center gym during one session and then guide them on the underwater treadmill for another session.
To schedule a free evaluation to see if water therapy can help you, for an appointment or for more information, call (815) 395-4591.
The OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center website is www.osfsaintanthony.org.
From the Feb. 15-21, 2012, issue