Aquatic Therapy Has Multiple Benefits
Aquatic physical therapy involves the performance of exercises in the water. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a variety of medical conditions.
Aquatic therapy from HealthReach Rehabilitation Services in metro Milwaukee uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance.
There are multiple benefits of aquatic therapy:
While in the water, buoyancy assists in supporting the weight of the patient. That decreases the amount of weight bearing which reduces the force of stress placed on the joints. This makes it easier and less painful to perform exercises.
The water also serves as an excellent source of resistance, thus allowing for muscle strengthening without the need for weights. This resistance allows for muscle strengthening without the need of weights. Using resistance coupled with the water’s buoyancy allows a person to strengthen muscle groups with decreased joint stress that can not be experienced on land.
Aquatic therapy can also help to decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. This is important for patients who have experienced joint sprains, as when ligaments are torn, our proprioception becomes decreased.
Lastly, the warmth of the water during aquatic therapy assists in relaxing muscles and increases blood flow to injured areas. Patients with muscle spasms, back pain, and fibromyalgia find this aspect of aquatic therapy especially therapeutic.