What You Should Know about Aquatic Rehabilitation and Therapy

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Following an injury, accident, or illness, it’s often difficult for patients to regain their quality of life. Whether they are suffering from chronic pain or the inability to move like they used to, there is hope. Aquatic physical therapy is a practice used under the direction of a physical therapist. It’s been proven to help treat, rehabilitate, and prevent numerous illnesses and injuries. By using various assistive devices, the overall wellness of patients is improved.

Aquatic physical therapy is used in a variety of situations to improve the function of patient’s bodies. It utilizes the resistance of water to increase flexibility and mobility. While traditional physical therapy shares the same goal as aquatic therapy, it uses weights and electronic devices as opposed to water. Aquatic therapy is often gentler on joints and ligaments.

Not only is aquatic therapy beneficial for those suffering from musculoskeletal pain, but therapists have found it more relaxing than traditional methods. The water environment alleviates stress, making it easier for patients to relax. Because their muscles are less tense, it’s easier to improve agility and progress. Often, assistive and supportive devices are used to make the therapy session even more effective. These specially designed tools can help stretch, extend, and improve muscle functionality.

The progress of those who participate in aquatic therapy is astounding. Along with better coordination and balance, patients also have a higher aerobic capability. Over time, pain can decrease and the quality of life of the participants increases. When used in conjunction with other physical therapy methods, progress is inevitable.

Whether you’ve been in an accident or you’re dealing with a chronic illness, aquatic therapy may be a viable option. At Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States, LLC, we offer a full array of physical therapy options. From aquatic physical therapy to hand and elbow rehabilitation, our doctors are committed to helping each patient regain motion and live a pain-free life.

To discover which therapy method is right for you, visit www.ortho4states.com to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed providers. 

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