You may be discussing therapy options with your doctor and wondering what aquatic therapy has to offer. Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical or occupational therapy. It consists of a variety of supervised exercises that are performed in water, most often in pools. For many years, therapists have come to recognize the positive results than be achieved by using water to facilitate therapy sessions.
Water has repeatedly been seen to be the best and most conducive environment for a patient to recover function regardless of injury.
The massaging effects contained within the warm water allows muscles to relax and helps to minimize pain. Compressive forces are lessened and the gravitational pull on the body is reduced due to the buoyant properties water contains. This improves motion and increases flexibility and makes exercises easier to perform than on land.
Perhaps one of the best features of aquatic therapy is that a patient may participate in it even if they do not know how to swim. Guided exercises can be performed in which the patient stands in water or holds on to the site of the pool making it a safe and more relaxing alternative to traditional therapy.
To learn more about aquatic therapy and how it can help you, contact our offices in Joplin, MO to schedule a consult with one of our orthopedic specialists.