Ask a Physical Therapist: Aquatic Therapy Benefits

Question: Could I benefit from Aquatic Therapy?

Answer: Aquatic Therapy can be beneficial for a variety of patients to accelerate return to prior function and help aide in quicker recovery. The pool allows for walking, running, and various movement activities without full weight-bearing and incorporates those activities earlier in the rehabilitation process. The buoyancy effect of the water makes exercise easier on joints while the viscosity of the water allows for variable resistance.

Aquatic Therapy is a great option for anyone who requires limited weight-bearing, joint protection, or rehab with emphasis on cardiovascular and general strength conditioning and/or are not tolerating land-based exercises well. Individuals who have musculoskeletal impairments on the below list may directly benefit from Aquatic Therapy:
• Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Post-operative ACL reconstruction, total knee, hip or shoulder arthroplasty, spinal fusions, rotator cuff or labral repairs
• Athletic/sports injuries
• Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s, ALS or polio

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
• Allows early intervention regardless of injury
• Decreases pain during rehabilitation
• Decreases edema due to hydrostatic pressure of water
• Decreases muscle tension and allows for a better relaxation response
• Improves posture and body mechanics
• Hydrostatic pressure improves breathing capacity

Our physical therapists use various exercise equipment and manual therapy techniques designed specifically for rehabilitation in the water. Our program involves one-on-one sessions and an individualized physical therapy exercise plan to meet the needs of each person. Contact Healing Motion Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment to see if aquatic therapy could benefit you.

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