What is aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy in which patients are submerged in water. Water provides a number of benefits that can make PT safer and more effective for certain patients. For example, the water’s buoyancy assists in supporting the patient’s weight, reducing stress on the joints.
In addition, water’s viscosity provides natural resistance, allowing patients to benefit from strengthening exercises without using weights. This makes aquatic therapy a good intermediary option for patients who are looking to advance in their strengthening routine but aren’t yet ready for weights.
Finally, the warmth and pressure of the water may help reduce swelling and inflammation, making certain movements safer and more comfortable for patients with injuries or conditions such as arthritis.
Source: Very Well Health
Aquatic physical therapy
There are a variety of aquatic therapy styles in practice today, including Ai Chi — a water-based cousin of Tai Chi — aquatic yoga, aquatic Pilates, and the Bad Ragaz Ring Method. In addition, patients with knee or ankle injuries can take advantage of aquatic running as a low-impact way to increase cardiovascular health.
A physical therapist can help you determine the aquatic therapy methods that are right for you, building a custom therapy regimen tailored to your needs and goals.
Luna’s physical therapists specialize in aquatic therapy
Luna’s physical therapists specialize in aquatic therapy. No matter your goals, needs, or condition, a Luna PT can create an aquatic therapy regimen that will have you well on your way to reduced pain and increased mobility.
Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive aquatic therapy wherever it’s most convenient — no matter which pool is closest to your home. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.