Aquatic therapy is a form of physical therapy that aims to help patients with conditions that require a level of weight-bearing, joint protection or conditioning in regards to cardiovascular health or strength. In short, if patients suffer from conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, general back pain, athletic injuries or neurological conditions like Parkinson's, they generally recover more rapidly and to a greater extent when treated through aquatic therapy.
When being treated with aquatic therapy, patients are generally submerged in a swimming pool. Thanks to the buoyant nature of water, approximately 90% of the patient's body weight is supported by the water. While in the water, this allows the patient to use much less effort to perform actions like running and walking. In a way, this helps patients perform actions that they generally would be unable to perform out of the water. For most patients, the actions performed in aquatic therapy also cause them less pain than if they were done outside of an aquatic setting. The increased ease of movement coupled with the resistance and turbulence of the water creates an ideal setting to perform exercises that can help increase range-of-movement and strengthen muscles. Our physical therapists may also add weights and other tools to the therapy in order to create a more effective recovery method.
If you suffer from any of the previously mentioned symptoms or conditions, our physical therapists, who are trained in aquatic therapy, can help. There is no need to continue living in pain or discomfort. If you would like to begin your recovery through aquatic therapy, please contact our office and make an appointment.