Water has been and remains one of the best environments to regain function regardless of the injury and Astera Health’s physical and occupational therapy staff is proud to provide the only Warm Water Aquatic Therapy program within a 50 mile radius.
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.