Aquatic Therapy involves performing specific exercises and activities while in water, which allows for increased strength, coordination of muscle groups, reduction of swelling and enhanced nervous system feedback.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
- Aquatic therapy is good for patients of all ages regardless if the injury.
- The water offers constant resistance without bulky equipment and allows complete freedom of movement
- Water creates a zero gravity setting which is an excellent environment for those who can’t tolerate weight bearing activities.
- The heated water increases blood circulation and allows muscles to relax more easily.
- Aquatic therapy is also good for athletes looking to get back into competition as quickly as possible.
- One does not need to know how to swim to participate in aquatic therapy.
Aquatic therapy is a viable option for treating arthritic joints. The water helps to provide compression, which reduces swelling. In addition, the buoyancy of the water unloads the joint, allowing for 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 have trouble walking due to coordination or pain, aquatic therapy may be the solution 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. Contact us today at our Wayne, PA center to schedule your one on one consultation!
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