A Comfortable Rehabilitation Option
For those who struggle with traditional land-based therapy, aquatic therapy is a great treatment opportunity. Patients need not possess swimming skills to benefit from aquatic therapy. Treatment can be performed in sitting and/or standing positions.
If you suffer from one of the following, chances are, you can benefit from aquatic rehab:
- Arthritis Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Stroke, MS, Cerebral Palsy
- Joint Replacement
- Sports Injuries
- Difficult with Walking/Balance
The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy is one of the safest, most comfortable treatment options a physical therapy patient will ever experience. Common benefits of aquatic therapy are:
- Decreased Pain
- Improved Range of Motion and Flexibility
- Improved Strength and Aerobic Endurance
- Improved Walking Skills
- Improved Confidence and Mental Status
Aquatic therapy takes advantage of:
- Buoyancy – it eases the stress on your muscles and joints.
- Temperature – the warm water soothes and relaxes the body.
- Viscosity – the “thickness” of the water provides gentle resistance.
- Turbulence – moving water gently challenges the body to maintain balance and control.
- Hydrostatic Pressure – this pressure provides natural relief of joint swelling.
Important Things to Know About Aquatic Therapy
- You do not have to know how to swim to participate! You do not have to wear a swimsuit! Excercise clothing or Shorts and a t-shirt are fine!
- Your therapist will be in the water with you at all times. This is beneficial for those who may be nervous about getting in the water. It is common for patients to feel a significant increase in ability, confidence and morale, within a few therapy sessions.
- The buoyancy of water can actually decrease weight bearing by up to 90 percent. This means that if you are unable to support your weight on land, you will likely be able to stand in the pool without risk of falling.
- Water exercise provides resistance that can help improve your strength and cardiovascular fitness while stimulating body awareness, balance and stability.
- There are many benefits associated with submersing your body in warm water. Patients commonly experience muscle relaxation, increased circulation and decreased pain and swelling.
Joy Lewis, PTA
Joy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program in May of 2012 where she developed a passion for aquatic rehabilitation. She furthered her aquatic rehab education through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute. She is a certified Aquatic Yoga Instructor and a Certified Clinical Instructor.
Our staff are specially trained to provide you with an individualized aquatic therapy treatment program. Aquatic therapy is covered by many insurance plans.
Give us a call today to learn more!