Aquatic therapy is performed in the water, aiming to rehabilitate patients after injury or those with chronic illness. It uses the resistance of water instead of weights, taking excess pressure off joints for better outcomes.
Patients who have had difficulty with traditional therapy often show improvement with aquatic therapy. The goal is to transition patients quickly from hydrotherapy to a land rehabilitation program within 3 to 12 sessions.
Why is water sometimes better for therapy?
- Aquatic therapy can make exercise easier and less painful, because the forces on weight-bearing joints are reduced.
- The warmth of the water helps reduce pain by relaxing tight or spasm muscles and increasing blood flow.
- The water resistance and special jets help patients strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular performance.
The aquatic therapy difference
Aquatic therapy is ideal for the following conditions:
- Increased healing and strengthening of injured tissue
- Increased flexibility
- Improved cardiovascular stamina
- Improved circulation
- Increased resistance for stretching and therapeutic exercises
Find a location offering Aquatic Therapy near you.
* This program may not be available at all HealthSouth hospitals, please check with your local hospital to see if this service is available.