Aquatic Physical Therapy is the practice of physical therapy by a trained licensed physical therapist within the environment of a rehabilitative pool. The buoyancy, support, and accommodating resistance of water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation.
Treatment sessions are designed to: improve circulation, strength and endurance, balance and coordination, increase range of motion, decrease tissue swelling, normalize muscle tone, protect joints during exercise, and reduce stress.
The heated pool prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretching and generally reduces the sensation of pain. Adjustable currents may be used to safely create changes in resistance of exercises performed.
Typical problems and conditions that can be treated effectively are injuries to the neck and back, upper and lower extremities, chronic pain, degenerative/arthritic conditions, fibromyalgia, neurological disorders, sport related injuries, pre/postoperative rehabilitation, and conditions limiting the body’s ability to bear weight.