In the United States, an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from persistent chronic pain any given year. These individuals have an undiminishing pain lasting for over three months. At Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. we understand that chronic pain does not just affect the individual but those who surround them as well. We also know that medication and surgery can take a toll on a patient’s body reducing their overall self-esteem and overall quality of life. For this exact reason aquatic (water) therapy is becoming increasingly popular. Aquatic therapy has been proven to decrease chronic pain, speed up recovery time, and improve the patient’s overall function. The exercises may be engaged in a pool to assist the healing and exercising performances. Since many patients are incapable of beginning most forms of physical and occupational therapy due to their pain levels, aquatic therapy allows for the patient to have weightlessness, all in all decreasing their discomfort.
Exercising releases endorphins to the brain while simultaneously reducing pain and healing the patient’s body. With the elevated water levels in the pool, the patient’s body becomes more buoyant which decreases the amount of weight bearing on the joints and muscles. This process leads to elimination of the constant tension, pressure and stress the muscles and joints are experiencing. Thermal benefits provide sensory stimulation to the patient’s entire body creating a kinesthetic awareness of the body helping the body relax and relieve stress. Additionally, by localizing the areas of pain in the warm water with massage diminutions the patient’s overall discomfort. The focus of the hydromassage is to allow the patient to get a focused massage for sore and aching muscles to reduce joint pain. Here at Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. we use the warm water of the HydroWorx therapeutic pool stimulates the entire body’s pain locations. Moreover, the HydroWorx massage system allows the patient to control the position and strength of jets to provide optimal comfort.
In combination with self-care management techniques to help the patient improve their own quality of life, aquatics therapy can be the answer to individuals suffering from chronic pain. Weightlessness is a major benefit of aqua therapy allowing for the patient to perform exercises they would not be able to do so otherwise. For patients who are post-operative or newly diagnosed with chronic, the benefits of aquatics therapy include:
- Increased joint movement
- Pain relief
- Enhanced motility
- Improved flexibility
- Improved mobility
- Improved strength
- Removal of weight from the patient’s joints and bones.
For all your inquiries on aquatics therapy related to chronic pain management, contact Classic Rehabilitation, Inc. today. We are conveniently located in Arlington, Bedford and Grand Prairie providing our patients with a full service physical therapy physicality with aquatics therapy and more.