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Aquatic Therapy


Aquatic therapy is performed in the water, aiming to rehabilitate patients after injury or those with chronic illness. It uses the resistance of water instead of weights, taking excess pressure off joints for better outcomes.

Patients who have had difficulty with traditional therapy often show improvement with aquatic therapy. The goal is to transition patients quickly from hydrotherapy to a land rehabilitation program within 3 to 12 sessions.

Why is water sometimes better for therapy?

  • Aquatic therapy can make exercise easier and less painful, because the forces on weight-bearing joints are reduced.
  • The warmth of the water helps reduce pain by relaxing tight or spasm muscles and increasing blood flow.
  • The water resistance and special jets help patients strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular performance.

Because water slows movements, it allows therapists to find glitches in form.

For work with postsurgical knee, hip, and back patients, we use that same principle in locating the glitch in a patient’s gait. Walking slowly in water allows the therapist (and patient) to identify weaknesses, imbalances, and find corrections. patients are given the same exercises (although performed more slowly), the same twenty to thirty minutes of total body fitness, the same correction of biomechanics to create symmetry, plus the specific rehabilitation exercises for their diagnoses. The past slides into the present when, in the same pool, we treat

The aquatic therapy difference

Aquatic therapy is ideal for the following conditions:
  • Arthritis management/joint pain
  • Athletic/cardiovascular training
  • Gait analysis
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Chronic back pain and lumbar stabilization
  • Foot, ankle or knee pain
  • Short-term therapy with transition to land-based rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputees
  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury


Overall benefits:
  • Increased healing and strengthening of injured tissue
  • Increased flexibility
  • Improved cardiovascular stamina
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased resistance for stretching and therapeutic exercises

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