What are the Benefits of Aquatic Therapy?

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Stretching and exercising in a guided session by a physical therapist can be the best treatment your body needs to recover from an injury or overcome a painful condition. However, it can be challenging or painful to exercise or stretch due to the nature of your condition. 

You might feel trapped in a loop if you need physical therapy but cannot commit to it because of pain and physical difficulties. In these cases, you should look into aquatic therapy. 

Aquatic therapy is a form of physical therapy that takes place in a pool of water. Under the guidance of a certified professional, you perform exercises and motions that can help treat your condition that would otherwise be too difficult to do outside of the water.

Benefits of aquatic physical therapy

Aquatic therapy can help you as an add-on to your physical therapy or as a stand-alone form of therapy. It is relaxing and poses many benefits your body will love. Some of these benefits include:

  • It is gentle on sore joints and muscles
  • Water helps support you so it’s easier to balance
  • Water helps cushion impacts, so pain from striking your foot or falling is reduced
  • Water helps provide pressure on joints and muscles to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Aquatic therapy forces your whole body to work together, which provides exercises for your cardiovascular and respiratory systems

What conditions can it treat?

Aquatic therapy is great for patients who are older, having trouble balancing or are sensitive to pain and falls, but it is not restricted to these. It can help treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation and more

Come to Excel Sports & Physical Therapy about aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that is not offered at every clinic. The team at Excel Sports & Physical Therapy is trained and certified in providing aquatic therapy services to patients in need.

Are you interested in trying aquatic therapy to help manage your pain or treat an injury? Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.