Aquatic Physical Therapy

Also known as: Water Therapy

Aquatic physical therapy is the practice of physical therapy by a trained and licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in a water-filled pool. The buoyancy, support and accommodating resistance of the water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation. The temperature of the water prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretch and generally reduces the sensation of pain.

Benefits of aquatic physical therapy

  • Decreases body weight, lessening stress on weight-bearing joints such as the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • Increases circulation
  • Promotes muscle relaxation
  • Allows early motion after surgery
  • Aid in pain management
  • Increases strength, endurance, coordination and balanceIncreases range of motion

Aquatic therapy is prescribed for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, recovery from injury or surgery, multiple sclerosis, back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, balance or walking problems, and other conditions.

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