Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves performing exercises in the water. Aquatic therapy is especially beneficial for people who have difficulty with weight bearing activities due to arthritis, recent fractures, sprains, fibromyalgia or their weight.
First, the buoyancy of the water relieves the pressure on weight bearing joints like the spine, knee and hips. This is helpful for those who can’t tolerate exercise on land due to joint pain.
Aquatic therapy can help build strength in weak and injured muscles. Initially, exercises can be performed in the direction of assistance. As the patient’s strength progresses, the exercise can be modified to occur in a non-resistant pattern, and finally against the resistance of the water.
Aquatic therapy also can help promote healing to the site of injury. By exercising in warm water, vasodilatation of the blood vessels occurs. This will increase blood flow to the injury and result in increased oxygen delivery and healing of damaged tissue.
Aquatic Therapy is available at our Sparta and Grant locations. Sparta is where you’ll find a state-of-the-art SwimEx pool, which features a resistant current, treating a wide variety of conditions, from severe arthritis to sports injuries.