Cannon ball! Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo!
It’s a beautiful day to do some aquatic therapy. A big thank you to my uncle for letting us
borrow his pool for the day. Today, I am going to show you some aquatic therapy gait exercises.
This is just to get you warmed up, get everything stretched, get everything moving, and then
I’ll show you some other videos for the exercises, and everything. In the pool, it’s very easy
to not have proper technique. It ‘s very easy to just swing your body, be all over the place,
but it’s really important to work on your technique because you don’t have to worry
about falling. So it’s all about exaggerating your techniques and getting the stretches
you need. So starting off it’s going to be simple walking forwards and backwards, and
sideways, and some marching. But it’s really important to do the proper technique. When
we are walking, naturally we hit our heel first, and then roll off onto our toes. If
we have an injury, then we don’t necessarily do that all the time. So just exaggerated
the movement. Try and keep your body upright while you are walking. Hitting your heel first,
and rolling off onto your toes. Heel first rolling onto your toe, keeping your body upright.
Again, heel first, push off on your toes. See, I’m still keeping my upper body nice
and straight. I’m not leaning forward, I’m not leaning back. I’m keeping my body upright.
Do that about 3 or 4 laps. Then you are going to go backwards. Now your toes are going to
hit first. So toe, roll back on your heel. Toe, roll back on your heel. It’s really easy
to start leaning back. Try not to lean back. If you leaning back, you’re going too fast.
Toe, heel. Toe, heel. After you do that about 3 or 4 times, the next one is going sideways.
Sidestepping. With sidestepping, it really for people to end up turning their foot out.
You want to keep your toes pointed straight the whole time. Because if you turn your foot
out, you are using different muscles. We want to work the outside of our muscles right now.
So keep those toes pointing forward, not out, but stepping with those toes forward the whole
time. Sidestepping, keeping that upright posture. Tuck those tummy muscles in, and then come
back. Then the next one is going to be marching. Bringing the knee up, alternating sides. So
pulling that knee up as close to the surface as you can get. Again, not leaning back, not
leaning forward, keeping that body upright. Really driving that knee up. So those were
the basic gait exercises in the pool. Those were your aquatic therapy exercises. If you
have any questions, leave them in the comments section, and if you would like to check out
some other videos, go to askdoctorjo.com. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and
Twitter. Remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon!