According to statistics, an estimated 75 million Americans suffer from some type of pain and 50 million are living with chronic pain. From back pain to knee pain and joint issues, there are numerous different body parts and types of pain that people of all ages must deal with on an everyday basis. For many, this pain is “normal” and a part of life that must be accepted. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. While people suffering from pain often turn to medication and even surgery in an attempt to live more comfortably, this isn’t always the best solution. In recent years numerous studies have uncovered the benefits of alternative forms of therapy when it comes to pain management. Two of the most effective – and popular – forms of alternative therapy for pain management are physical therapy and aquatics therapy. Both of these forms of therapy are designed to help people struggling with chronic or acute pain get at the root of the problem in a safe manner. Through strength and mobility training in a safe and supportive environment, aquatic and physical therapy has helped millions of people regain range of motion and overcome a wide range of pain issues.
For today’s purpose, we are going to look at how an aquatics therapy program can help you manage your pain the right way. Before we get started, it should be noted that, for some people, surgery is the right answer. However, aquatics therapy is an extremely effective form of treatment that may alleviate the need for surgery. You should always consult your physician before engaging in any form of treatment in order to ensure it is the right choice for your specific needs.
How Does Aquatics Therapy Work?
When it comes to managing pain, aquatics therapy is a wonderful solution for many different reasons. People suffering from certain conditions or ailments – such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or chronic back pain – may be unable to exercise on land, but can do so rather comfortably in warm water. Due in large part to the buoyancy of water, patients are able to feel supported in water, which allows for a variety of exercises to be performed. Furthermore, many people dealing with pain have balance issues, which makes it difficult to perform exercises on land. Through a tailored aquatics therapy plan, individuals living with chronic pain can perform exercises in the water that can be adapted to resist the thrust of buoyancy.
Aquatics therapy is a form of rehabilitation that is extremely beneficial, as you can see. Some of the most common goals of aquatics therapy in regards to pain management include the following:
- Reduce joint stress
- Improve range of motion and flexibility
- Build muscle strength and improve endurance
- Improve aerobic capacity
- Improve balance
- Help with coordination
- Address issues of pain in a safe environment
- Promote relaxation
To learn more about how aquatics therapy may be able to help you overcome chronic or acute pain, please contact Classic Rehabilitation today. We have locations in Arlington, Grand Prairie, and now Bedford and are happy to answer any questions you may have about any of the programs we offer.