Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aquatic therapy is a special type of physical therapy that takes place in the water – typically a heated pool. The warmth of the water and its massaging effects help muscles relax, which is often helpful in reducing pain, improving motion and increasing flexibility. It also provides a natural resistance for strength training. Water is also a good method of therapy because of its natural buoyancy and reduced gravitational pull, making exercises easier to perform than on land. Aquatic therapy can even be used for patients who don’t know how to swim.

Aquatic physical therapy is often prescribed for these conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities
  • Neurological and orthopedic injuries
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Muscle weakness secondary to chronic or acute injury or illness, such as fibromyalgia

Technologies for Aquatic Physical Therapy

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What to Expect for Aquatic Physical Therapy

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Aquatic Physical Therapy

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Education and Resources for Aquatic Physical Therapy

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