Aquatic physical therapy can help patients recover from injury and illness by improving mobility, which can dramatically aid in the healing process. Water has therapeutic properties which provide a comfortable environment to promote relaxation, decrease pain, increase range of motion, and flexibility. Aquatic Therapy is one of the safest, most progressive forms of rehabilitation due to the elimination of the force of gravity and resistance of water. It is extremely beneficial for people with arthritis. Water therapy is also beneficial to recover after surgeries like knee, hip and back surgeries.
Treatments are done in a warm heated indoor pool specially designed for aqua therapy with the wheelchair and limited mobility access. The pool used for aquatic physical therapy is to a temperature that will help improve circulation and encourage muscle recovery. The pool is a comfortable place to perform exercises and activities that may be too difficult for you to do outside the pool and is frequently combined with land therapy to help patients achieve their goals in a shorter period of time. With the combination of buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure there is significant off loading of the spine, hips, knees and feet.
Aquatic therapy requires the involvement of a trained professional and is covered by most insurance providers due to the personalized nature of the treatment. We offer aquatic therapy at the Bellevue Aquatic Center. Schedule today for an initial evaluation.
If you don’t know how to swim or have a fear of deep water, don’t worry. Most treatments are done within the shallow water and a trained healthcare professional will be with you at all times making sure you are comfortable and performing well. No swimming experience is required for aquatic therapy. The purpose of Aquatics is to aid the patient in relaxing while using the properties of water for stretching, increasing range of motion, easing pain, retraining muscles while increasing endurance, strength, rhythm and coordination. Without gravity, patients are able to focus on increased mobility and strength because the painful joint impact is diminished. In addition, water also provides balanced resistance so every movement trains muscles and joints in balance and strength while at the same time pain and swelling are decreased. Most patients described the effects of pool therapy as simply refreshing and often comment on how normal they had felt even though on land they are in pain.
Pool-based therapy can be an excellent tool in your journey to recovery. Treatments provided in an aquatic setting allows easier transition to land based functional activities as the unique properties of water can allow participation in activities by clients who otherwise may be unable to tolerate exercise. Bone & joint, heart and nervous system disorders are all conditions that may be addressed in pool-based therapy.
Benefits of aqua therapy include:
● Decreased stress on the joints and muscles
● Decreased workload on the heart
● Increased circulation to muscles
● Decreased stress level to the nervous system
● Decreased pain
● Improved balance and stability
● Duration when returning to physical activity after surgery is decreased
● Improved strength, endurance, and conditioning
● Improved joint motion
● Improved posture and movement ability
What Can Be Treated?
● Generalized back, neck and joint pain
● Back and neck pain
● Total joint replacements
● Recovery after surgery
● Muscle weakness and deconditioning
● Stroke & neurological disorders