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Make a Splash with Physical Therapy

Do You Have Back Pain, Arthritis, or Fibromyalgia?

These are just a few conditions that may be managed through aquatic therapy or water exercise.  There are many benefits to initiating an aquatic therapy program.  If you suffer from back pain or spinal injuries, aquatic therapy is a great way to strengthen your core.  In general, physical activity is great for combating the pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis.  Water allows arthritis sufferers to exercise with less impact on their joints.  The physical properties of water (buoyancy, relative density, and fluid resistance) allow folks who suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome a sense of relaxation and the ability to do physical activity pain free.

Physical Properties of Water

  • Buoyancy decreases the amount of weight bearing and reduces the amount of stress placed on joints.
  • Relative density determines whether an object will sink or float in water. Swollen extremities retain fluid, which give the extremity a lower relative density than water and the tendency to float.
  • Fluid resistance is the force that opposes motion through fluid. This creates a perfect environment to perform strengthening, balance and cardiovascular exercises.

What is AQUATIC THERAPY?

Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, is a type of physical therapy performed in the water.  Aquatic exercises use resistance from the water instead of weights.  The physical properties of water make exercise less difficult and painful, while increasing its effectiveness.  Frequently, water allows patients to perform exercises that they would be unable to do on land.  Most water exercises are done in chest-deep water, and patients do not need to be able to swim.  Exercise and functional activity are more comfortable in water because the pull of gravity is not as strong as on land.  Water supports the body, reduces joint stress and provides resistance and assistance to movement, allowing improved mobility, strength and function.

Benefits of AQUATIC THERAPY

  • Accelerate healing process
  • Boost cardiovascular conditioning
  • Build muscle endurance
  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase strength
  • Reduce pain and muscle spasm

AQUATIC THERAPY is often used to treat the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Auto accidents
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ligament sprains
  • Low back dysfunction
  • Muscle strains
  • Post-surgical
  • Pre- and postpartum
  • Spinal Surgeries