Aquatic therapy is perfect for patients of all ages that need to improve their movement and function while unloading the weight of their bodies. Performing specific exercises and activities in aquatic therapy allows for improved strength, coordination of muscle groups, reduction of swelling and enhanced nervous system feedback.
Aquatic therapy is perfect for treating arthritic joints. The water helps to provide compression, resulting in less swelling. In addition, the buoyancy of the water unweights the joint, allowing greater range of motion without the weight of the body compressing joints together. Water resistance allows for use of numerous muscles groups around the affected joint, increasing strength and coordination of supporting muscles.
Walking and Strengthening
If you are having difficulty with walking due to coordination or pain, aquatic therapy may be right for you. The ability to walk with less weight and resistance in the water, can have significant improvements in one’s ability to walk. The resistance of the water strengthens a wide variety of muscles through the torso, pelvis and legs. The uniform resistance of the water also allows for unique feedback to the nervous system, improving coordination with walking.
Conditions helped by aquatic therapy:
- Total joint rehabilitation
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Hip, knee and ankle pain
- Rehabilitation after injury
- Difficulty with walking
- Sports rehabilitation
- On days that you have pool therapy, please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time in order to shower and change.
- Bring with you:
- Sandals or flip flops
- Hair dryer and any toiletries you may need
- We do not have towels available; please bring one in with you.
- We have showers available for your use.
- Things to know:
- Floor in the bathroom and pool area may be slippery, please be careful!
- You do not need to know how to swim
- We have vests and floatation devices to help you exercise in the pool
- The shallow end is 4’4” and the deep end is 6’6″
- There is a bench in the pool to sit and rest on if needed
- The pool is not appropriate for the following conditions, please speak with your PT or PTA if any of the following are concerns:
- Fear of water
- Incontinence/bladder issues
- Severe high blood pressure or arrhythmias
- Cuts or wounds
- Benefits of Pool Therapy
- Less Pain
- Less weight and pressure on joints that are painful or have had recent surgery
- Less swelling, better blood circulation
- Improve flexibility, strength, and endurance
- Improve balance and coordination
- Improve confidence and enjoy exercise!
- More Questions? Call Ramsey Rehab at (978) 466-6677 and ask to speak with one of our pool specialists if you need further information.