What is Aquatic Therapy?
Hydrotherapy or Aquatic Rehabilitation is a popular complement with the traditional land-based therapy. This type of treatment can help our patient to decrease muscle pain, improve their endurance, balance, mobility and strength.
This type of therapy will take place in a pool with a comfortable, temperature-controlled water and our patients need not possess the skills to swim.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy is a safe and a comfortable treatment option that assists in muscle relaxation while also increasing blood flow to aid in the healing process. Some of the benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Decrease in pain – to affected areas due to the buoyancy characteristics of water that assists in supporting our patient’s weight during exercises. The buoyancy provided by water also decreases the amount of load each joint has to carry.
- Decrease in swelling – the hydrostatic pressure of water will provide a natural relief for patients who experience joint swelling.
- Muscle strengthening – viscosity of water provides a gentle resistance which helps our patients improve their muscle strength and aerobic endurance.
- Improved balance and control – gentle turbulence in water allows our physical therapists to challenge the body to maintain balance and control, and improving joint position awareness
- Improved confidence and mental state – the warm temperature of our pool helps our patients relax their body and soothe their mind.
Conditions treated by aquatic therapy are but not limited to:
- Arthritis Pain
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Stoke, Cerebral Palsy
- Joint Replacement
- Sprains and Strains
- Difficulty with Walking/Balance
What Our Patients Need for Aquatic Therapy:
- Aqua Shoes
- A robe to wear from the locker room (optional)
- Cap (optional)
To know more about how our therapists can integrate aquatic therapy to your treatment plan contact us!
Our contact forms are open to any questions you may have for your physical therapy needs or other treatment options for your condition.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to see what questions most of our patients ask.
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