Aquatic Therapy refers to water-based treatments or exercises for physical rehabilitation. Treatments and exercises are performed while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water. A trained therapist directly supervises the activities in our private temperature-controlled pool. Rehabilitation commonly focuses on improving the physical function associated with illness, injury, or disability.
Aquatic therapy uses the buoyancy of water that reduces the effects of gravity, the resistance of water instead of weights and the hydrostatic pressure of water to support and stabilize joints.
Patients who have had difficulty with traditional therapy often tolerate aquatic therapy and show improvement.
The goal is to transition the patient from hydrotherapy to a land rehab program in a timely manner. Aquatic therapy is ideal for the following conditions: Arthritis management/joint pain, endurance/cardiovascular training, gait abnormality, musculoskeletal disorders, chronic back pain/lumbar stabilization, foot/ankle/knee pain, spinal cord injuries, generalized weakness, and fibromyalgia.
Aquatic Therapy is offered at the Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine. For more information call 270.762.1854.