Aquatic Physical Therapy has grown in popularity and is now the preferred treatment option for reducing pain in joint related conditions. Aquatic Physical Therapy is a safe alternative or complement to traditional land-based physical therapy and is appropriate for all patient ages and fitness levels. You do not need to know how to swim to receive aquatic therapy.
Aquatic physical therapy is different from aquatic fitness or exercise. It is a physical medicine and rehabilitation program that requires the involvement of a trained and licensed physical therapist. Most insurances will cover Aquatic Therapy.
Water has always been, and still is, the best environment to achieve full movement and function, regardless of the injury or disease. Water by its very nature improves motion and flexibility. Benefits of Aquatic Therapy include:
- The warmth of the water (93 degrees F) soothes aching joints and muscles
- The natural buoyancy of the water reduces gravity and its effects on injured and aching joints and muscles
- Water can provide resistance and that resistance can be useful for strengthening muscles and for increasing the effects of the rehabilitation process
- Water supports and stabilizes the patient, allowing patients with balance deficits to perform exercises without the fear of falling
- Exercising in warm water allows the patient to move and obtain physical therapy in a manner that is less painful
- Patients are often happier and gain hope and increased motivation to continue exercising while receiving Aquatic Physical Therapy
Aquatic Therapy can provide you with a safe environment to receive physical therapy, improve your mobility and get you on the road to recovery.