If you have experienced a bone fracture, arthritis, sprains or are severely overweight, then aquatic therapy is will enable you to build a stronger you! Exercising in the water allows patients who do have difficulty with weight bearing activities to reap the full benefits of physical therapy. Aquatic therapy is so successful in fact, that patients with no physical limitations use it as a total wellness approach.
Why is aquatic therapy so beneficial?
Exercising in the water provides a physical release from the pressure on the joints and tendons, which allow the patient to experience the benefits of therapy without pain. The buoyancy of the water allows the patient to be suspended in the water, and achieve a full range of motion without the limitations associated with therapy on land. This buoyancy relieves the weight and pressure on the spine, hips, and knees. The water provides a natural resistance, which promotes weight strengthening and enables the patient to progress through the program.
Aquatic therapy builds strength in injured and weakened muscles. The therapy progresses based on the patient’s increased strength and flexibility. The therapist can add resistance into the program through the natural resistance in the water. The therapy promotes healing to the injured site when performed in warm water. The warm water increases blood flow to the injury, which in turn increases oxygen flow, and ultimately promotes healing. Recently aquatic therapy has been shown to be very beneficial with patients with fibromyalgia, who until now, have suffered tremendously with constant pain.
Aquatic therapy is quite enjoyable, as there is no pain involved and it is relaxing. It loosens up stiff joints, and allows overweight patients to burn off calories without fear of injury. Overall, aquatic therapy has something to offer everyone.