Aquatic therapy is perfect for patients of all ages that need to improve their movement and function while unloading the weight of their bodies. Performing specific exercises and activities in aquatic therapy allows for improved strength, coordination of muscle groups, reduction of swelling and enhanced nervous system feedback.
Aquatic therapy is perfect for treating arthritic joints. The water helps to provide compression, resulting in less swelling. In addition, the buoyancy of the water unweights the joint, allowing a greater range of motion without the weight of the body compressing joints together. Water-resistance allows for use of numerous muscle groups around the affected joint, increasing strength and coordination of supporting muscles.
Walking and Strengthening
If you are having difficulty with walking due to coordination or pain, aquatic therapy may be right for you. The ability to walk with less weight and resistance in the water can have significant improvements in one’s ability to walk. The resistance of the water strengthens a wide variety of muscles through the torso, pelvis, and legs. The uniform resistance of the water also allows for unique feedback to the nervous system, improving coordination with walking.
Conditions helped by aquatic therapy:
- Total joint rehabilitation
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Hip, knee and ankle pain
- Difficulty with walking
- Sports rehabilitation