Aquatic therapy or water therapy is physical therapy that takes place in water, or in a pool or other aquatic environment under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional.
Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy:
- Aquatic Physical Therapy can help to decrease the pain and help to speed up the progress.
- It is safer on the joints as there is less impact on the joints and the warm water provides ease of movement. It also helps in reducing the swelling.
- The people who are injured or not capable of comfortably or safely performing exercises on land can do so in water
Common Goals of Aqua Therapy:
- Decreasing pain
- Improving flexibility
- Improving balance and coordination
- Improving muscle strength and endurance
- Improving gait and locomotion
Candidates for Aquatic Physical Therapy:
- Arthroscopic Surgery Recovery
- Balance Disorders
- Chronic Pain
- Idiopathic Joint Pain
- Joint Reconstruction Surgery Recovery
- Joint Replacement Surgery Recovery
- Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sprains and Strains