Aquatic therapy is rehabilitation that is performed in water. It is different from aqua fitness in that it is performed by a licensed therapist. Because it is provided by a Physical therapist, physical therapist’s assistant, Occupational Therapist or a Occupational Therapist’s assistant, it is covered by insurance, including Medicare.
What makes Aquatic therapy so special is that it maximizes the magical properties of water such as buoyancy, viscosity and hydrostatic pressure. With these properties being in the water is virtually non weight bearing, provides resistance and decreases inflammation and improves circulation.
Discover the Benefits of Aquatic Therapy Today!
- Are you frustrated with pain or weakness?
- Is walking, bending and standing getting more difficult?
- Is it getting more difficult to do housework or go grocery shopping?
- Have you tried everything to solve these problems and nothing has worked?
We at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center have the perfect SOLUTION!
Did you know that water reduces weight bearing on your joints and spine making exercise pain free and enjoyable? Our talented staff are skilled, licensed therapists that will focus your total body exercise program to reduce your pain. Our aquatic therapy program will improve your endurance, muscle strength and balance.
Conditions that would benefit from aquatic therapy include:
- Arthroscopic surgery recovery
- Balance disorders
- Chronic pain
- Idiopathic joint pain
- Joint reconstruction surgery recovery
- Joint replacement surgery recovery
- Lower back pain
- Orthopedic injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprains and strains
Common goals for aquatic therapy include:
- Improving flexibility
- Improving balance and coordination
- Building muscle strength and endurance
- Enhancing aerobic capacity
- Assisting with gait and locomotion
- Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
Here at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center, we target the entire body with our targeted core strengthening, balance exercises, endurance and muscle-building activities. We have taken our practice one step further and offer a cutting edge technique called the Bad Ragaz Ring Method. Click here to learn more.
When things are easier and less painful you can START ENJOYING YOUR LIFE AGAIN!
Aquatic Therapy benefits
Back Pain Relief
We at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center believe the water’s magical properties are perfectly suited to treat back pain. When you are in chest-deep water you are only 20% weight bearing on your spine. This makes exercising your back muscles pain-free and enjoyable. We target the core heavily in the deepwater segment of our program while the patient is wearing a floatation belt and holding dumbells. If needed gentle spinal traction can be applied thus decreasing the pressure between the vertebrae often present in the spine.
Improve Your Balance In The Water
We at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center believe strongly in the benefits of addressing balance in the water. When performing traditional land-based balance exercises in the water the risk of injury is not present. If you fall on land you may incur injuries such as a hip fracture. In the water, not only are you supported with a floatation belt, you have the safety of the water if you lose your balance. If you stumble you will simply get wet. Our therapists can identify at-risk patients and provide hands-on assistance when needed.
Increase Your Endurance and Muscle Strength In The Water
We at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center understand that a large number of our patients haven’t exercised in quite some time. When you are exercising in the water you are given various degrees of resistance dumbells. Using the natural viscosity or resistance of the water provides excellent strengthening of upper and lower body muscles. Our program at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center lasts upwards of one hour. We are working your whole body in the water so a person’s cardiovascular system becomes stronger as the sessions add up.
We use the Bad Ragaz Ring Method, which focuses on various types of resistance training to increase your endurance and improve muscle strength. Click here to learn more about this beneficial aquatic therapy technique.
Did You Know Several Painful Conditions Can be Relieved with Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is a type of aquatic physical therapy and aquatic occupational therapy treatment that takes place in water, generally in an in-clinic pool. It has soothing properties that can benefit you if you are seeking pain relief and relaxation.
To learn more about how our licensed physical and occupational therapists can assist you with aquatic therapy treatments, contact Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center today!
What can I find with aquatic therapy sessions?
Aquatic therapy at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy & Balance Center is able to provide the following:
With its hydrostatic pressure, you’re supported and don’t have to fear falling while performing exercises.
Water has a natural buoyancy for flotation and reduces gravity on aching muscles and joints. There is less pain when you exercise in water.
Wave propagation and turbulence allow your physical and occupational therapist to gently manipulate your body.
Its natural resistance can be used to increase the rehabilitation process and strengthen muscles.
It provides a soothing and relaxing environment for aching muscles and joints.
The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder during aquatic therapy, which helps you breathe better.
It can help provide relief for many conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, lower back pain, orthopedic injuries, sprains, strains, and tendonitis.
Range of Motion Exercises
These exercises are aimed at increasing the range of motion in your joints and soft tissues. This may be done through active, passive, or assisted stretching activities designed to help your joints move better, without pain.
Hours spent at desks, bending over keyboards, poor muscle tone, or simply poor posture habits can all lead to pain or injury. What you may not realize is that posture has a direct impact on muscle strength, balance, and risk of injury. Posture exercises are aimed at correcting poor posture, not just when you exercise, but also in your daily life activities to alleviate aches and pains.
Relaxation is part of therapeutic exercise? You bet! While it is important to work the muscles, joints, and soft tissues in the body, it is also important to help them relax. Pain relieving techniques including heat, cold, electrical stimulation, massage, or trigger point therapy, can all help the body relax, improve your sleep, lower your blood pressure, and keep you coming back for more exercise!
It’s easy to think of exercise as something we do with our muscles, but exercise can also help our body’s other systems. Area-specific exercises target breathing and circulation to help speed healing, improve blood flow, or lower stress on the body.
Balance & Coordination Exercises
Every time you stand or sit, bones and muscles work in conjunction with one another to help you remain upright. Every time you stand, walk, sit, brush your teeth, cook a meal, or take care of your daily activities, you are testing your coordination between the muscular and skeletal systems in your body. Your ability to care for yourself or your loved ones depends on your ability to balance and coordinate your arms, legs, hands, and feet. That is why balance and coordination exercises are so important, especially after an injury or illness. If you cannot keep your balance or lose your coordination, you lose the ability to care for yourself.
Muscle Performance Exercises
Increasing power, endurance, and muscle strength are vital to good balance and stability, as well as bone and joint health. Resistance and endurance exercises are designed to increase muscle strength without injury.
What’s in it for me?
Water’s natural properties set the stage for a very therapeutic environment. Did you know that aquatic therapy is a method of relief that has been practiced for hundreds of years by many cultures?
The ancient Romans and Greeks bathed in hot springs for relaxation and to improve circulation. Hippocrates believed hot springs could heal sickness.
Swiss monks were well known to use thermal waters to treat sick people. The Japanese use hot springs to treat skin problems and relieve chronic pain.
The benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Assisting with locomotion and gait
- Improving flexibility and movement
- Improving coordination and balance
- Increasing aerobic capacity for better health
- Enhancing the healing process to decrease recovery time
- Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
- Building muscle strength and endurance
Aquatic therapy may be added to your current aquatic physical therapy and aquatic occupational therapy treatment plan under the discretion of our physical and occupational therapist.
He or she will assist you in the movements that will best help you find relief.
So, how exactly does aquatic therapy work?
Aquatic therapy sessions are very organized and typically begin with a warm-up. They all take place in the water and will likely begin with gentle, low-resistance exercises to target the lower and upper extremities.
This may include brief walking and light stretches. Then they will turn to more advanced cardiovascular and core activities, such as running, squatting, arm swings, and leg swings.
Our skilled therapists recognize the positive effect of using water treatments to improve motion and functionality while simultaneously allowing your muscles to relax.
Want to get started with our aquatic therapy sessions?
If you are in Port Charlotte looking for relief and relaxation, aquatic therapy will likely be beneficial to you. Request an appointment with Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center today at Port Charlotte, FL to get started!