If you have difficulty with weight bearing activities, you might want to consider aquatic therapy. Patients who suffer from a variety of conditions such as knee pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neck or shoulder pain and sports injury would benefit from aquatic therapy.
What makes water such a well-tolerated form of exercise and an effective adjunct to land-based physical therapy? “It allows for non-weight-bearing or limited weight-bearing exercises, promotes relaxation, decreases muscle spasms, increases range of motion, improves circulation, increases the efficiency of the respiratory system and cardiac output, and decreases edema and muscle lactate,” says Karen Good, PT, OCS, ATRIC, Senior Physical Therapist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Water also reduces the risk of injury and provides security to the patient. “The patients can lose their balance and know they aren’t going to fall immediately [and injure themselves],” says Mike Studer, PT, NCS, CEEAA.
Aquatic therapy can also assist with the strengthening of injured or weakened muscles. As the patient’s strength increases the exercises can be modified to increase the resistance of the water.
Aquatic therapy is offered at our Sparta and Grant locations. Sparta’s clinic features a state of the art SwimEx pool. This pool offers an adjustable resistant current, which can assist with the treating of a wide variety of conditions. Grant’s pool also offers pool fitness classes and open swim sessions on top of the aquatic therapy. Classes run up to 3 days a week and last for 6 weeks. This is a fun activity to do with friends that can help you get into shape and stay active. For more information, click here.