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 greater range of motion without the weight of the body compressing joints together. Water resistance allows for use of numerous muscles 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
- Post-surgery rehab
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Hip, knee and ankle pain
- Rehabilitation after injury
- Difficulty with walking
- Sports rehabilitation
What can I gain from aquatic therapy?
Water’s natural properties set the stage for a very therapeutic environment. Did you know that aquatic therapy is a method of relief that has been practiced for hundreds of years by many cultures?
The ancient Romans and Greeks bathed in hot springs for relaxation and to improve circulation. Hippocrates believed hot springs could heal sickness. Swiss monks were well known to use thermal waters to treat sick people. The Japanese use hot springs to treat skin problems and relieve chronic pain.
The benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Building muscle strength and endurance
- Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
- Enhancing the healing process to decrease recovery time
- Increasing aerobic capacity for better health
- Improving coordination and balance
- Improving flexibility and movement
- Assisting with locomotion and gait
Aquatic therapy may be added to your current physical therapy treatment plan under the discretion of our Newton and Hesston physical therapist. He or she will assist you in the movements that will best help you find relief.
So, why should I choose aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy at Empower Physical Therapy is able to provide the following:
- Relief. It can help provide relief for many conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, lower back pain, orthopedic injuries, sprains, strains, and tendonitis.
- Improved Breathing. The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder during aquatic therapy, which helps you breathe better.
- Relaxation. It provides a soothing and relaxing environment for aching muscles and joints.
- Buoyancy. Water has a natural buoyancy for flotation and reduces gravity on aching muscles and joints. There is less pain when you exercise in water.
- Hydrostatic pressure. With its hydrostatic pressure, you’re supported and don’t have to fear falling while performing exercises.
- Resistance. Its natural resistance can be used to increase the rehabilitation process and strengthen muscles.
- Wave propagation/turbulence. Wave propagation and turbulence allow your physical therapist to gently manipulate your body.
Learn more about aquatic therapy sessions today!
If you are in Newton or Hesston looking for relief and relaxation, aquatic therapy will likely be beneficial to you. Request an appointment with Empower Physical Therapy today to get started!