Pools can provide ideal settings for gentle rehabilitative therapies to treat chronic pain and recover from orthopedic injuries. At this Los Angeles, California, practice, Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT creates an individual aquatic therapy program to ease inflammation, improve joint function, and strengthen your overall health. Learn more about the benefits of aquatic therapy by calling the Sawtelle office or by requesting a consultation online today.
Aquatic Therapy Q & A
What is aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy describes a program where you perform supervised exercises in a pool. The Momentum Physical Therapy team offers aquatic therapy at our patient's private pools only. These sessions are not covered by insurance. Please contact out office for more information regarding our cash rate.
The providers at Momentum Physical Therapy customize an aquatic exercise program that you perform entirely in the water while working one-on-one with your therapist. The water provides resistance that helps build and strengthen your muscles without putting unnecessary stress on your joints.
Am I a good candidate for aquatic therapy?
If you aren’t able to participate in traditional physical exercises due to chronic pain from injuries or degenerative orthopedic conditions, you may be a great candidate for aquatic therapy.
This gentle form of therapy offers many general health benefits. Exercising with the assistance of the water’s buoyancy allows those who aren’t able to do land-based exercises to engage in physical activities without putting unnecessary pressure on their joints. Aquatic therapy can also help you engage in strengthening exercises with less pain so you can heal faster and return to your usual routine with less downtime.
The warm water of the pool also helps relax your body and ease pain and inflammation from injuries or chronic conditions like arthritis. Aquatic therapy is also appropriate if you’re recovering from a bone fracture or surgery.
To determine if aquatic therapy is right for your recovery, your Momentum Physical Therapy provider reviews your medical history, your existing health, and the severity of your pain and other symptoms.
What can I expect during aquatic therapy?
To maximize the benefits of your aquatic therapy, your Momentum Physical Therapy provider tailors an exercise program to your needs.
While you’re in the water, your therapist is right there with you to show you the correct way to perform each exercise and supervise therapy for your safety. Your therapy program may involve the use of specialized weights or other equipment that enhances the results of your therapy.
You can also expect to perform a variety of physical exercises, like stretches and kicks, to improve your overall strength, as well as your:
- Joint function
Your Momentum Physical Therapy provider may update your aquatic exercise program each week based on your progress.
To find out more about the health and recovery benefits of aquatic therapy, request a consultation at Momentum Physical Therapy online or by phone today.