Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy offers an alternative therapy that makes use of warm, therapeutic pools.  This therapy is beneficial for those who are restricted in a traditional physical therapy environment. Aquatic therapy has a range of benefits and is suitable for numerous medical conditions, including orthopedic and arthritic conditions, as well as restricted weight-bearing status after surgery.

Features of Aquatic Therapy

  • Buoyancy: Water decreases the gravity placed on weak limbs unable to bear much weight. This makes movement easier to move, with less stress on joints, muscles, and bones.
  • Water Pressure: Water surrounds the body and helps blood circulation in the legs. This can also reduce swelling in the ankles and feet. As swelling decreases, range of motion can increase.
  • Resistance: Water provides a full-body workout to strengthen every working muscle. Muscle toning, weight reduction, and sensory awareness all improve with aquatic therapy.

Diagnosis that can benefit from Aquatic Therapy:

  • Arthritis (RA & OA)
  • Balance deficits
  • Cardiac diseases
  • Circulatory problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint replacement
  • Limited range of motion
  • Neurological MS, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS
  • Obesity
  • Orthopedic injuries/trauma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Perceptual/spatial problems
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sensory disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Weakness