Aquatics therapy is a beneficial – and increasingly popular – form of therapy that is used to treat a wide range of conditions and injuries. Water therapy is often used to help those recovering from sports injuries get back on their feet, as well as people experiencing knee, back, or hip pain and those struggling with obesity. It has been successful in treating both chronic pain disorders (such as arthritis and fibromyalgia) and neurological disorders (such as traumatic brain injury). Because many people are still unfamiliar with the ins and outs of aquatics therapy, we thought it would be helpful to go over some of the most frequently asked questions we field on the subject.
Our aquatics therapists are trained professionals with years of experience. We have had success with treating people of all different ages and health conditions and are prepared to answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to give us a call or schedule a preliminary appointment if you would like to learn more about the benefits of aquatics therapy and how we may be able to help you. With that in mind, here is a list of aquatics therapy FAQs:
How does this type of therapy work?
Water therapy relies on hydrostatic pressure to compress the skin, muscles, and joints. This helps lessen swelling caused by an injury or arthritis, allowing patients to strengthen their muscles and regain mobility. Furthermore, the buoyancy of water helps support weight, which reduces stress on joints and helping to heal strains, sprains, and bone fractures.
Do I have to know how to swim?
No! Even if you are not a great swimmer, you can seek water therapy treatment. We like to tell our patients to think of the pool as a large bath tub, as the water is only about four and a half feet deep.
What should I wear?
Many of our patients wear bathing suits, but this is not a requirement. We want you to be comfortable, so if that means wearing shorts and a t-shirt or tank top, that is fine with us!
Does aquatics therapy hurt?
Absolutely not. In fact, aquatics therapy actually has the opposite effect. When you are in a warm water therapy pool, the pressure from the water will stimulate your body and support you while you perform your exercises. This helps to tap into the nervous system, helping it dull the pain and make stretching your muscles easier.
What should I bring with me?
When you come into Classic Rehabilitation for an aquatics therapy session, make sure you bring a bathing suit or clothes to wear in the pool, a change of clothes, water shoes or some other type of shoe that will protect your feet, and a towel.
How many visits will it take?
This will depend on a wide range of factors, such as your diagnosis, your past medical history, the severity of your impairments, and so on. We will have a better idea of what your treatment plan will look like once you have come into our Grand Prairie aquatics therapy clinic and we have assessed you.
To learn more about our aquatics therapy program, please contact Classic Rehabilitation today.