Exercising with the above unique qualities allow for:
- A non-impact environment allowing for joint distraction and relief of joint pain and inflammation
- An increase in joint and muscle flexibility
- The warmth of the water massages and relieves muscle pain and spasms.
- A quicker recovery as water therapy can often be started sooner than land therapy
- A resistive and cardiovascular work out
Aquatic Therapy may be beneficial for individuals with the following conditions:
- Arthritis or joint related pathologies of the spine including disc herniations, degenerative disc or joint disease and spinal stenosis
- Post-operative care including joint replacements, shoulder surgery, fracture repairs and spinal surgeries.
- Muscle spasms and strains/joint sprains
- Neurological conditions including stroke and traumatic brain injury
- Return to running or sport
If you are unsure as the whether you may be an appropriate candidate for aquatic therapy, it is best to undergo a thorough initial examination with a licensed Physical Therapist.
Feel free to mention your interest in water based therapy!!!
By Todd Sparks PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS