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Need pain management and relief? Panetta Physical Therapy can determine if Aquatic Therapy is right for you.


What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic Therapy is just one of the many specialized forms of physical therapy treatments available today. Aquatic Therapy is performed by a physical therapist in a safe and controlled water environment such as a heated pool. Aquatic Therapy treatments and exercises promote relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation, and other therapeutic benefits by using the buoyancy properties of water to support movement without putting stress on joints and muscles. Water is also a great way to create resistance for increased muscle strength as well as building up endurance and improving balance. Aquatic therapy can be very beneficial to pain management and relief as well as improve function.

Can’t swim? Not a problem. All patients are carefully monitored while participating in aquatic therapy. The water levels in the pool can be adjusted to accommodate each patient, so swimming isn’t necessary to be able to enjoy the benefits of aquatic therapy.

What type of exercises is performed in Aquatic Therapy?

Depending on the individual needs of each patient, Aquatic Therapy may include the following exercise regiments:

  • Range of motion exercises

  • Conditioning exercise

  • Strength and endurance exercises

  • Gait-training activities

  • Core strengthening exercises

  • Agility training

What are the benefits of Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy offers a host of advantages for those who suffer from chronic pain and other ailments. The following are just some of the benefits one can expect from participating in Aquatic Therapy treatments:

  • Reduced pain with everyday activities

  • Endurance improvements

  • Balance and coordination improvements

  • General everyday function improvement

  • Increased aerobic capacity

  • Increased endurance

  • Posture and gait improvement

  • Improvement in flexibility

  • Relaxation

Who can benefit from Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatherapy can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions and diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy as well as obesity. By using water in physical therapy, it can allow a patient to function at levels that are not possible through traditional exercises and therapies without the use of water. The ultimate goal of aquatic therapy is to help patients progress to traditional exercises and therapies outside of an aquatic environment. Besides the list of disorders above, anyone with the following ailments can benefit from aquatic therapy.

  • Individuals with chronic illnesses such as arthritis or neurological disease

  • Anyone who has had orthopedic surgeries

  • Individuals with joint replacements

  • Individuals who have sustained sports, dance or other musculoskeletal injuries

  • Anyone who has generalized muscle weakness