Aquatic therapy is a form of physical therapy that is becoming quite popular, especially for the rising senior population. Whether or not an individual knows how to swim, aquatic therapy can be very beneficial to increase mobility and flexibility or to recover from an injury or surgery. Many physicians are now recommending aquatic fitness or therapy programs to their patients because of the reduced impact on muscles and joints.
Head to Toe PT performs aquatic therapy on site at the Health Club and Spa. The pool is approximately 4 ft. deep and maintained at 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Patients are joined by their individual therapists in the pool for their treatment to assist with exercises and provide hands-on assistance. Patients are able to participate in a combination of land-based and water-based physical therapy options depending on their individual needs.
Water therapy has several advantages over land-based therapy:
- The water provides patients with buoyancy, which virtually eliminates the weight stress on muscles and joints.
- The resistance of the water allows patients to strengthen their muscles without an impact on their body.
- Therapy performed in the water also provides a platform for improved balance, coordination and corrective posturing.
- Many seniors feel much more secure performing exercises in the water, as the risk of falling has been eliminated.
- Physical therapy that is performed in warm water has even more rewards. This therapy can reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation in the joints and muscles, which allows for a wider range of motion, increased circulation and lower blood pressure.
There are numerous conditions that are successfully treated by aquatic therapy. A few of the common conditions include the following:
- Pre- and post-surgical injuries, including joint replacements
- Lower back pain
- Chronic pain
- Sports injuries
- Balance and gait issues