Physical Therapist vs. Personal Trainer

Maybe you have some pain in your shoulders and knees that is limiting the activities that you enjoy. Or you might just be wondering where to start with your exercise program. Whatever your needs are, who do you need to work with—a personal trainer or a physical therapist?  

Maybe the question shouldn't be WHO should you work with, but WHEN you should see a physical therapist and personal trainer. If you have an injury or pain that limits your ability to reach your goals, you might want to start with a physical therapist.  However, for higher level goals or as the “next steps” after therapy, personal training might be in order.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Does pool therapy or aquatic therapy sound like a strange concept? Hydrotherapy (also known as aquatic therapy or pool therapy) basically means "therapy in water," and has been around for a while. However, its use may not be as popular as it should be. (I think one reason is the maintenance of a pool can be costly.)

Property of Water

Water has two great properties which can be used in therapy. One is the buoyancy and the other is its isokinetic resistance.

Because the human body is slightly less dense than water, our body's weight is supported in a pool. The more the immersion, the more supported it will be. This "low-impact" activity is very helpful for those people who cannot walk because of pain upon weight bearing activity, such as those with arthritis in the knee or hip.


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