What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic physical therapy is the use of skilled physical therapy in an aquatic environment by a physical therapist. Aquatic therapy is great for patients of all ages and swimming ability does not determine whether you can enjoy aquatic exercise. Classes are designed so that anyone can participate, even if you can’t swim at all. All treatments are performed in a heated, indoor pool with a skilled therapist.
Treating Chronic Conditions
Aquatic therapy is a wonderful tool for treating patients with chronic conditions such as;
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Postural Orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
- post-surgery patients.
Exercises, like walking or running alone can be very painful for arthritic joints. This is not the case with Aquatic therapy. Physical therapy performed in an aquatic setting is low impact, because the water’s buoyancy reduces pressure put on the joints. You may also notice reduced swelling and joint inflammation as a result of aquatic therapy exercises. This is because Hydrostatic pressure (the type of pressure exerted by the water) offers some compression that can aid in reduced swelling and joint pain.
It’s Good For Your Heart
Because aquatic therapy is low impact you can perform exercises that might otherwise have been impossible outside of the pool. Water provides 12 times the resistance of air, burning more calories and building strength. Aquatic patients have shown increased heart function as well as better circulation.