Aquatic therapy is a skilled rehabilitation method supervised by a licensed therapist that focuses on therapeutic exercises performed in a warm pool environment. Aquatic exercise is a low-impact activity that takes the pressure off your bones, joints, and muscles. The water’s natural state of buoyancy helps strengthen your muscles.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Exercise in water can also have profound physiological effects on the body, including:
Increased respiratory rate
Decreased blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Increased metabolic rate
Together, these translate into many positive outcomes for you, including:
Reduction of pain and muscle spasms
Increased range of motion
Increased strength, power and endurance
Comprehensive challenge to coordination, balance and kinesthetic mechanics
Aquatic therapy is especially helpful but not limited to patients who have difficulty with weight bearing activities. You don’t even have to know how to swim to participate in aquatic therapy!