Aquatic physical therapy is designed for patients of all ages who need to improve their movement and overall function while unloading the weight of their bodies. Performing specific exercises and activities during aquatic therapy allows for increased strength, coordination of muscle groups, reduction of swelling and enhanced nervous system feedback.
Relieve Arthritis Pain
Aquatic physical therapy is a viable option for treating arthritic joints. The water helps to provide compression, which reduces swelling. In addition, the buoyancy of the water unloads the joint, allowing for greater range of motion without the weight of the body compressing joints together. Water resistance allows for use of numerous muscles groups around the affected joint, increasing strength and coordination of supporting muscles.
Walking and Strengthening
If you have trouble walking due to coordination or pain, aquatic therapy may be the solution for you. The ability to walk with less weight and resistance in the water can have significant improvements in one’s ability to walk. The resistance of the water strengthens a wide variety of muscles through the torso, pelvis and legs. The uniform resistance of the water also allows for unique feedback to the nervous system, improving coordination with walking. Call Elliott Physical Therapy-Milton today at 617-696-8141 to schedule your initial evaluation !
Aquatic Physical Therapy interventions are designed to improve or maintain:
- aerobic capacity/ endurance conditioning
- Balance, coordination and agility
- Body mechanics and postural stabilization
- Muscle strength, power and endurance
Interventions used in Aquatic Physical Therapy include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercise, functional training, manual therapy and breathing strategies while using the properties of the water and techniques unique to the aquatic environment.