Who Can Benefit from Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy offers an effective therapy choice for patients with rehabilitatioin needs or developmental disorders. Aquatic therapy aids in pain reduction, muscle strength, joint flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and ambulation skills. Programs are beneficial for those who have:
- Traumatic injuries
- Chronic pain
- Athletic injuries
- Bone, joint, or muscle disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurological impairments
- Connective tissue diseases
- Orthopedic injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Pregnancy and post-pregnancy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sport's injuries
Aquatic Therapy vs. Land Exercises
Buoyancy of water decreases eight-bearing on the body, makes stretching easier, movements less painful, allows earlier intervention to prevent surgery after surgery or injury, works on balance and postural muscles and allows for active participation. Hydrostatic pressure decreases swelling. The amount of work done by the patient can be increased or decreased by utilizing the properties of the water. Thirty minutes of water aerobic exercise is equal to one hour of land aerobic exercise.
Compare the following estimates of caloric consumption for a 30-minute workout:
- Landwalking = 135 calories
- Water walking = 264 calories
- Jogging on land = 240 calories
- Jogging in water = 340 calories
Aquatic Therapy and Athletics
Aquatherapy can bring dramatic results in treating athletic injuries. When athletes are sidelined, they lose not only physical conditioning but also mental acuteness. If they are unable to compete for an extended period of time, the physical loss is tremendous. Reaction time diminishes, coordination and balance decline, muscular strength and tone decrease, cardio respiratory conditioning decreases, and agility is diminished.
Whether it is pitching arm that has developed shoulder impingement problems, a pulled hamstring, or a knee surgery, the water can help. Wraps have been develop to protect open wounds from the water, allowing athletes a training/rehabilitation option the day of surgery.
*Patients do not have to know how to swim because individualized programs can be performed adequately in standing or seating position.