What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy in an aquatic environment (swimming pool) by physical therapists and physical therapists assistants. Many patients have received positive results with Aqua Therapy as water is possibly one of the best environments to achieve full function, regardless of the injury. Patients who may be unable to exercise on land, can often do so comfortably in the water.
Water provides a natural buoyancy, or ability to float freely. Buoyancy reduces the pull of gravity and also greatly lessens impact on the body. Because of this, exercises are much easier to perform in the water than on land. Water improves flexibility and motion. The massaging effects of water and its warmth allow muscles to relax which in turn helps to reduce pain.
Moving through water creates resistance and muscle balance. Many joint issues and back pain problems can be relieved by developing both sides of the muscle. Aquatic exercise provides the ideal environment for this type of therapy.
Aquatic Therapy can be used even if a patient does not know how to swim.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy is designed to improve or maintain:
- Body mechanics and postural stabilization
- Muscle strength, power, and endurance
- Aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
- Balance, coordination and agility
- Warm water helps muscle to relax and increase circulation
- The reduction of gravitational forces in the pool allows the patient to stand and begin gait training and strengthening exercises without causing further damage to healing structures
- Warm water and buoyancy results in decreased pain sensitivity
- Improvement of patient morale and confidence can be established by providing a positive medium in which to function
Aquatic Rehabilitation may be prescribed specifically for:
- Low back pain
- Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities
- Neurological and orthopedic injuries
- Post-surgical debilitation
- Muscle weakness secondary to chronic or acute injury or illness
Our Aquatic Rehabilitation Program
Our aquatic rehabilitation program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water. Swimming is not a prerequisite skill. Patients can perform each exercise while standing in the water, holding onto the side of the pool or using a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence and increasing mobility with each completed exercise.
Who benefits from Aquatic Physical Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is beneficial to most anyone seeking to increase strength, decrease pain, improve function and is appropriate for any ability or phase of rehabilitation. Patients with neck and back pain, including most sports-related injuries, often benefit from aquatic therapy as well as those experiencing severe weakness as a result of injury or surgery.
Each program is tailored according to the individual's needs by a licensed physical therapist trained in aquatic physical therapy.
Our Partnership with the Fort Dodge Rec
Trinity Rehabilitation Services has a long standing relationship with the Fort Dodge Rec in building wellness for the community. Patients can purchase a daily, monthly or a full membership at a very reasonable price. The Rec is located at 1422 1st Avenue South in Fort Dodge. The Rec has an Olympic size swimming pool (25 yards) with deep end and a shallow water pool.