Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy

Massage Therapy & Bodywork Topics
May 8, 2014

As you may have gathered from the name, aquatic physical therapy utilizes water in order to meet physical therapy goals. This type of physical therapy is a great option for older and obese patients who have a more difficult time with weight bearing activities. Because water’s natural buoyancy helps patients perform resistance exercises without the possibility of falling or taking on too much, it is a wonderful option for many people who are in need of this form of rehab but have physical conditions that are holding them back. Exercises performed in water can be adapted in many different ways, allowing the therapist to come up with an individualized plan specific to each patient’s needs. So, in a nutshell, aquatic physical therapy aims to rehabilitate patients after injury or those with chronic illness through the use of the resistance of water instead of weights. Aquatic exercises address balance, strength, and postural deficits in a safe environment that those patients who have difficulty exercising on land will benefit from. Here at Classic Rehab, our aquatic therapists will create a treatment plan with each individual patient in mind, helping them feel better, become stronger, and improve their overall quality of life.

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