Aquatic Physical Therapy is a comfortable modality of treatment for a variety of patients.
Aquatic Physical Therapy is indicated for patients who need to slowly work up to more strenuous land based exercises. It is an excellent way to regain balance, strength and endurance because of the near weightlessness afforded through buoyancy in water. Aquatics Therapy techniques are successfully used to reduce pain and edema, treat muscle spasm, increase muscle strength and joint mobility, and improve circulation and relaxation.
Those who benefit most from Aquatic Physical Therapy are people recovering from surgery, overweight and obese patients, arthritis sufferers, and anyone with balance issues. Really, almost anyone can benefit from exercising in a warm water therapy pool because of water’s ability to reduce the strain of standing, while providing a natural form of resistance during training.
Among those deriving greatest benefit from Aquatic Physical Therapy are patients who have or have had:
- disc herniation, and not responding to or up to land exercises
- gait disturbance, or difficulty walking
- hip pain
- knee pain
- lumbar canal stenosis, pinched nerves
- osteoarthritis / rheumatoid arthritis
- orthopedic surgery