Whats the difference between exercising in water vs. out of water? Most people will point to buoyancy. For example when water is at waist height 50% body weight is removed from limbs submerged. When water is at chest height approximately 75% of body weight is removed from submerged limbs/torso.
So why do people say, Ahhhh! When initially immersing in water? Possibly pressure.
- COMPRESSION INHIBITS PAIN!! Hydrostatic pressure
A study entitled “Nonpainful wide-area compression inhibits experimental pain”, found that compression inhibited pain in a clinical setting.
How much compression does water provide? At around 3 feet of freshwater depth, pressure will equate to approximately 75mmHg. What does this compare to? A medical class 3 compression garment is measured between 40-50 mmHg.
Do you hurt on rainy days? The Barometric pressure difference from record high to record low was 75mmHg. This low pressure pain can be offset by hydrostatic pressure in a freshwater depth ~3 feet.
So take some weight off of those painful regions by getting in your local pool and experience the freedom of buoyancy and pain inhibition to improve, restore, and preserve your mobility!