Aquatic physical therapy is a great option for those who have not fully benefited from traditional land-based therapy.
Aquatic therapy is indicated for those who have been diagnosed with the following:
- Chronic low back pain
- Spinal cord injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Knee, hip joint replacements
- Difficulty walking/balance impairments
- Sports Injuries
- Leg fractures
- General deconditioning/weakness
- Those with impaired weight bearing capacity on one or both legs.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
- Decreased joint and soft tissue pain
- Improved joint and range of motion
- Improved flexibility in muscles
- Improved strength
- Improved balance and walking ability
- Decreased swelling
Beneficial Properties of Water
Viscosity: water has a “thickness” that provides resistance for strength training.
Buoyancy: gravity acts less on objects submerged in water. In water, gravity acts less on the patient’s body resulting in less joint compression and muscle strain.
Hydrostatic pressure: the gentle pressure of the water on the patient’s body results in natural relieve of joint and tissue swelling.
Temperature: our pool is kept between 88- and 92-degrees Fahrenheit. The warm water helps soothe stiff joints and promote circulation.
What You Will Need for Aquatic Rehabilitation:
- Referral for aquatic physical therapy from your physician
- Swimsuit, aqua shoes (recommended) and a towel