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4 Components of Aquatic Therapy:

Buoyancy - Provides assistance and support.  It is used to decrease gravitational forces placed on weak limbs that are less able to bear weight. Buoyancy allows a person to move more easily with decreased stress on muscles, joints and bones.

Heat - Aquatic Therapy is provided in our heated in-ground pool with temperatures that range between 94°-96°.  The warm water relaxes muscles and allows for improved circulation and range of motion.

Resistance - Water allows for improvement in strength in all muscle directions.  On land, resistance is only felt in one direction, which can lead to an over development of some muscles and under utilization of others. The resistance of water also increases sensory awareness and balance.

Hydrostatic Pressure - The water that surrounds the body creates pressure greater than the atmospheric pressure that is placed on us on land.  This increase in pressure on the body helps circulate blood and fluid from the arms and legs, often reducing swelling of the extremities.  Once swelling is reduced, joint tenderness may decrease and range of motion can increase.

Aquatic Therapy Benefits:

  • Acute/Chronic low back pain
  • Post-operative lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar strain, sciatica and degenerative joint disease
  • Post-operative joint replacements
  • Post fractures
  • Shoulder, knee and ankle reconstructive surgery
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Chronic pain (Fibromyalgia)
  • Sports and work related injuries

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