Aquatic Physical Therapy is an effective treatment option for a range of spine and orthopedic conditions.
Patients range from highly trained athletes to the more sedentary; from pediatric to geriatric. Research has shown that physical therapy treatment which includes aquatic physical therapy is more effective and can lead to a more rapid recovery.
The properties of water make rehab more comfortable, safer, and more beneficial:
- Hydrostatic Pressure decreases swelling, aids in tissue healing, and improves proprioception
- Buoyancy decreases stress on joints, provides support, and decreases weight-bearing
- Warm water decreases pain and spasm, promotes relaxation, and improves compliance
- Vasodilation improves tissue healing
- Viscosity creates multidirectional resistance, thereby enhancing strengthening
- Protection from injury or falls
How Can Aquatic Therapy Help?
Wide variety of upper or lower extremity programs forincreased range of motion, strength, and endurance. Hydrostatic pressure improves tissue healing; buoyancy minimizes gravity to allow low impact exercise; viscosity improves strength without irritating healing tissues.
- Muscle, Tendon, or Ligament injuries
- Sports Injuries
- General Weakness/Deconditioning
Buoyancy decompresses the spine and relieves stress on sore joints and muscles; hydrostatic pressure improves tissue healing; thermal effects decrease pain and spasm; viscosity improves core stability and strength.
- Back strains
- Compression Fractures/Osteoporosis
- Pregnancy-related Back Pain
Joint decompression (buoyancy) results in less pain during ROM and strengthening; thermal effects decrease pain and spasm; hydrostatic pressure decreases inflammation.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain – Buoyancy improves aerobic exercise tolerance; thermal effects decrease pain, promote relaxation; viscosity increases strength; endorphins are released.
Obesity – Buoyancy decreases weightbearing and stress on joints which provides support; viscosity improves tone and strength thereby increasing metabolism.
Balance/Gait Abnormalities – Hydrostatic pressure improves balance and proprioception; buoyancy decreases weightbearing, protects from falls; confidence is improved
Our Aquatic Therapy Program
- Dedicated aquatic center built specifically for aquatic therapy (not a public pool or a makeshift pool)
- Depths from 3½ to 6 ft to accommodate any patient
- Wide range of equipment to provide in-water resistance (or assistance)
- Grab bars around entire perimeter of pool
- Easy double railing entry and shallow steps
- High-tech Ultra Violet sanitation system
- Private changing rooms all equipped with showers
- Water temp is 88 – 90° (ideal for aquatic therapy)
- Highly trained PT’s with extensive experience in aquatic rehabilitation of spine, orthopedic, and neurological conditions
Beware! Not all Aquatic Physical Therapy is the same. Here is what to look for:
- Clinics with aquatic facilities onsite (crucial for a land combination program)
- Varying pool depths (vital for an effective program)
- Water temperature (should be at least 10 degrees warmer than a typical public pool)
- Grab bars around perimeter of the pool (exercise specific)
- Licensed professionals who are Certified in Aquatic Physical Therapy