Aquatic Therapy is an important tool for use with a variety of patients to accelerate return to prior function. It can be the key to speedy recovery. The pool allows walking and running activities without full weight-bearing and incorporates those activities earlier in rehabilitation. The buoyancy of the water makes exercise easier on joints while the viscosity of the water allows multiple levels of resistance.
We incorporate unique manual therapy techniques and exercise equipment designed specifically for rehabilitation in the water. Most importantly, our program involves one-on-one sessions and an individualized physical therapy exercise plan to meet the needs of each patient.
Who Can Benefit From Aquatic Therapy
Therapeutic Associates Aquatic Therapy is perfect for anyone who requires limited weight-bearing, joint protection (those suffering with Arthritis, osteoporosis, and/or low back pain), or rehab with emphasis on cardiovascular and general strength conditioning. Those who have had surgery (ACL reconstruction, total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, fusions, rotator cuff repair), low back dysfunction, athletic injuries, neurological conditions (including Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, stroke, or polio), or multiple injuries may also benefit from Aquatic Therapy.
Why Aquatic Therapy?
- Allows early intervention regardless of injury
- Virtually eliminates pain during rehabilitation
- Decreases edema due to hydrostatic pressure of water
- Warm water can increase the relaxation response
- Improves posture and body mechanics
- Can develop muscle tone at a faster rate than most typical land exercises
- Hydrostatic pressure improves breathing capacity
Features of Aquatic Therapy
Water is an effective physical therapy tool because it provides buoyancy, which offers four unique properties.
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Buoyancy produces a force that supports 90% of a patient’s body weight in neck deep water.
Water exercises allow for easier movement than on land. This means that you can generally do more exercises with less pain.
Exercises using the forces of water and turbulence allow for more difficult movement than on land. Increased resistance strengthens muscles.
Water eases the stress on joint surfaces to reduce pain and inflammation and allows earlier post-injury or post-surgery intervention.
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