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Aquatic Therapy

What Is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic Therapy (also known as water therapy) is an effective tool to help rehabilitate patients from surgeries and injuries. The Aquatic Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, states that Aquatic Therapy is an “evidence-based and skilled practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by a physical therapist.” This includes “treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness, and fitness of the patient/client population in an aquatic environment with or without the use of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, or supportive devices and equipment.”

The natural buoyancy of water decreases discomfort associated with exercising by reducing the compressive loading forces that would be present with routine land-based physical therapy programs. Additionally, the natural pressure of water in therapy pools reduces joint and soft-tissue swelling and provides enough resistance to strengthen muscle. Aquatic Therapy can be used to rehabilitate a wide range of conditions including return to sports, balance, coordination, endurance, pain, and more. Different treatment modalities including manual therapy, breathing strategies, therapeutic exercises, and functional training can be used in conjunction with Aquatic Therapy.

The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
  • Improves muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation through the use of warm water.

  • Water provides resistance for strength training.

  • Body awareness, balance, and trunk stability are stimulated by warm water.

  • A safe environment to practice balance activities

  • The pool provides a reduction of gravitational forces to allow for gait training and strengthening exercises without causing further damage.

  • Decreased pain sensitivity is a result of warm water and buoyancy.

  • Allows early intervention regardless of injury

  • Decreases edema due to hydrostatic pressure of water

  • Hydrostatic pressure improves breathing capacity

The therapists at Chehalem Physical Therapy utilizes the state of art facility at Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center to provide Aquatic Therapy to our patients.

Let us know if you or your clinic would like more information about our services.

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