Several properties of water are integral to the effectiveness of aquatic therapy:
Buoyancy: a person submerged to the neck weighs 1/10th of their regular body weight, allowing for increased mobility and reducing joint stress
Hydro-static pressure: This reduces the swelling of joints and tissues, and is particularly important for minimizing the pain of chronic joint or muscle conditions from recent injuries
Water surface tension – This creates resistance for limbs partially submerged, allowing the patient to gradually strengthen weak muscles
Resistance – Water increases resistance against movement by 600 - 700 times that of air, increasing the potential for muscle strengthening.
Aquatic therapists are Physical Therapists with special post-degree training in the unique properties of aquatic therapy.
Aquatic therapy is especially effective for patients after surgery or injury because it allows for earlier weight-bearing activities which lead to less pain and a faster recovery.
Aquatic therapist work 1-on-1 with clients to provide a rehabilitation program individualized for:
Post surgical rehabilitation