Aquatics therapy is quickly becoming one of the most popular alternatives to traditional land-based therapies. It is suitable for everyone from children to adults and seniors, regardless of fitness level or medical history. Water can be extremely soothing to the body, helping it to heal while improving range of motion, strength, and flexibility. For many people, aquatic therapy is ideal because it can decrease rehabilitation time frames.
For those who are unfamiliar, aquatic therapy is basically physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other aquatic environment. You will be led through a series of personalized exercises by a trained healthcare professional here at Classic Rehabilitation. Other terms for aquatic therapy include aquatic rehabilitation, water therapy, aqua therapy, pool therapy, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic aquatic exercise.
Benefits of Aquatics Therapy
At Classic Rehabilitation, our therapeutic pool is kept at a pleasant 92-94 degrees, making it ideal to warm and loosen up the muscles. The therapeutic properties of the pool combined with the expertise of our trained aquatic therapists will improve your mobility and function while working to strengthen your body at the same time. Some of the top benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Increase in joint flexibility – Water reduces the effects of gravity, helping to increase overall joint range of motion
- Increase in muscle strength – Water is anywhere from 600 to 700 times more resistive than air, which gives weakened muscles the opportunity to gain strength, without the pressure
- Decrease in pain – Aquatics therapy is a pain-free option that will help patients recover from a wide range of injuries and conditions. Immersion in warm water not only increases the patient’s comfort level but also promotes blood supply to sore muscles
- Improves balance – Once again, the pressure of water combined with buoyancy supports the body, allowing you to focus on increasing your balance without the fear of falling
The goal of aquatic therapy is to reduce stress and promote relaxation while working to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and increase the range of motion.
What Conditions Can Be Helped by Aquatics Therapy?
Aquatic therapy may benefit individuals suffering from the following conditions:
- Balance disorders
- Chronic pain
- Low back pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Orthopedic injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
- Joint replacement therapy
- Joint reconstruction therapy
To learn more about this type of therapy, please contact Classic Rehabilitation, your leading Arlington aquatic therapy center. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding aquatic therapy, including whether or not it is a good option for you. We customize each aquatics therapy plan to our clients, allowing us to work closely with you on your specific needs. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to learn more today.