Why Aquatic Therapy Might Be Right for You

Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that takes place in a heated pool. Under the guidance of a physical therapist, you follow a gentle exercise regimen while submerged underwater. 

Our specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy use aquatic therapy for patients who suffer from chronic pain and those who are recovering from injuries or strokes. Aquatic therapy can be helpful at increasing joint function, decreasing stiffness, and improving balance and coordination. 

Read on to learn about the unique benefits aquatic therapy holds, and find out if you’re a good candidate for it.

Strengthens muscle without straining the joints 

Low muscle tone is one of the many consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and insufficient protein in the diet. However, muscle loss may also occur during prolonged periods of bed rest. 

For patients suffering from conditions that impact the joints, such as arthritis, aquatic therapy is ideal because it puts very little pressure on the joints. Additionally, despite being gentler on the joints, water exercises build strength because water is about 700 times more resistant than air, making even simple movements challenging for your muscles. 

Enables patients with balance issues to exercise 

Patients with balance issues often feel unsteady on their feet, so they may dread exercise. However, aquatic exercises fix this problem, as the water supports the body. Even if you feel like you’re spinning or losing your balance, the water will soften and delay your fall, giving you more time to react. 

Reduces pain and inflammation

Warm water relaxes blood vessels, encouraging blood flow to problem areas and speeding up the healing process. 

When your muscles are relaxed, you’re also less likely to experience stiffness and pain during your exercise routine. One study found that patients suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia experienced a 40% reduction in pain after participating in exercises that took place in warm water.

Learn more about aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy is suitable for a wide range of injuries and conditions. Good candidates for aquatic therapy may include the following:

If you’re interested in determining which type of physical therapy is best for your goals, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy will be more than happy to answer all of your questions. 

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