Restore function while protecting your joints with Aquatic Therapy.
Aquatic therapy is perfect for patients of all ages that need to improve their movement and function while unloading the weight of their bodies. We proudly offer aquatic therapy at our New Baltimore, MI location.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is a rehabilitation option that allows people to exercise in the pool. The water in the pool provides support, buoyancy, and gentle resistance during exercise. Aquatic therapy is helpful for people with many types of orthopedic conditions; neurological disorders that affect movement such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury; or medical conditions that affect joint or muscle integrity, such as arthritis, amputation, muscle spasms, and chronic pain.
Common conditions helped by aquatic therapy:
- Total joint rehabilitation
- Low back & Sciatica
- Chronic Pain
- Hip, knee, leg
- Foot and ankle
- Balance & difficulty with walking
- Sports rehabilitation (sports injury)
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Our pool therapy reduces pressure on joints to provide greater mobility and decrease pain, which increases flexibility for a faster recovery. Because the water provides support for weight-bearing joints, treatment can begin sooner. The controlled heat setting of a therapy pool can be helpful for easing pain, increasing circulation, relaxing tense muscles, and decreasing stress.
You will learn specific exercises to target your affected areas. You may gain strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and range of motion. With the reduction of gravity in the pool, you may find that you can perform movements that you cannot do on land.
Benefits of aquatic therapy
Your aquatic therapy program will be upgraded as you progress in treatment. The full range of benefits associated with aquatic therapy includes:
- Alleviates pressure on joints and spine
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Increases range of motion
- Promotes improved muscle strength and endurance
- Decreases muscle spasms and spasticity
- Promotes cardiovascular fitness
- Improves circulation in the veins and in turn benefits the heart and lungs
- Enables relaxed patient participation
Getting started with Aquatic Therapy
You do not need to know how to swim to participate in aquatic therapy and for your safety and comfort you may sometimes use flotation devices. Direct assistance from a qualified therapist and exercise technician during your treatments will help to maximize the time you are in the pool to achieve the greatest benefit. Aquatic therapists are physical therapists that have received additional training in aquatic therapy principles.
Your aquatic therapist will evaluate your baseline strength, limitations, and functional skill level and also assess your muscle movements, coordination, balance, and endurance. You should tell your aquatic therapist about any concerns or difficulties that you have. The evaluation and your input are used to formulate a customized treatment plan that includes specific short-term and long-term goals.