With aquatic therapy, swimming is not a prerequisite and all activity consists of exercises performed in the water with therapist supervision or assistance. Patients can perform exercises while utilizing an automated lift chair to lower them in and out of the water. Depending on individual capabilities, patients may also stand or sit on the built-in bench in the water, hold onto the side of the pool, or use a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence, and increasing mobility with each completed exercise.
We also offer an aquatic exercise class for expectant mothers who are looking for a way to maintain good overall health during and following pregnancy. This class works to address a full-body fitness education including low-impact aerobic exercise with stretching, strengthening and range of motion activities for the entire body. To learn more or to register for this class, click here.
Consistent with physical therapy, aquatic therapy services are generally covered by most insurance plans; however, our staff is happy to discuss any insurance questions you may have. No matter your concern or age, aquatic therapy is an excellent option
To inquire if aquatic therapy may be right for you, call 218-631-7475 in Wadena or 218-548-5580 in Henning, or check with your provider.
Astera Health – Wadena Rehabilitation Clinic
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Water’s natural buoyancy reduces gravitational pull and lessens compressive forces, making exercises much easier to perform than on land. Best of all, aquatic therapy can be used even if a patient does not know how to swim.
There are many benefits, including:
- Athletic enhancement
- Contributes to overall relaxation
- Improves joint flexibility
- Improves patient morale and confidence by providing a positive medium in which to function
- Improves range of motion
- Increases muscular strength and core stabilization
- Reduces pain and comprehensive forces on the spine and joints
- Stimulates body awareness, balance and stability
Individuals with any of the following can benefit from Aquatic Therapy:
- Comorbidity limitations: land-based treatment may be difficult for patients with comorbidities of obesity, arthritis, or cardiac complications. Water-based rehab may be beneficial for these patients.
- Edema: water immersion can reduce lower extremity effusion and edema. Benefits with acute LE swelling for faster healing and improved range of motion with reduced pain.
- Pain: a combination of buoyancy and thermal effects of water can help reduce symptoms of pain. Pool based therapy is proven to be beneficial for chronic and acute pain patients.
- Requires sensory modulation: The pool is a sensory-rich environment to help promote sensory integration for your adult or pediatric patients.
- Unsafe on land: aquatics-based services provide a higher level of safety for unbalanced patients to allow for a more beneficial treatment in the safe environment of water.
- Weight-bearing restrictions: properties of water help to reduce weight into the lower extremities and through the spine.