The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

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benefits of aquatic therapy

For some, the thought of physical therapy can seem intimidating, so you may be curious to know about the benefits of aquatic therapy instead. Whether it is due to the nature of the physical therapy exercise or if it feels that it might be too hard on your body, you have another option: aquatic therapy. 

Basically stated, aquatic therapy is physical therapy that takes place in the water. This can be a safer option for many people to complete their physical therapy. There are many benefits of aquatic therapy.

Why Undergo Aquatic Therapy?

Water has many soothing and calming qualities about it. It reduces gravity’s pull on your body, creating less stress on your body overall. Because of this, you are likely to feel less pain while exercising in the water. It may also help to reduce joint or soft-tissue swelling.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

What can aquatic therapy do for you? Mainly, aquatic therapy can allow you to complete your physical therapy in an environment (water) that is more conducive to the needs of your body, muscles, and bones. In addition, it has these benefits:

  • Helps you become more flexible
  • Helps you gain coordination
  • Helps you to keep your balance
  • Increases strength
  • Improves endurance
  • Helps your heart and lungs circulate oxygen better
  • Increases mobility

A physical therapy and rehabilitation expert supervises your therapy and guides you through it. The water is kept at a comfortable temperature.

You may experience less pain throughout your therapy if you complete aquatic therapy. That can be helpful for many conditions from arthritis to joint replacement surgery to chronic pain conditions and more.

There are many benefits to completing aquatic therapy. Your physical therapist can let you know if this type of therapy is right for you. If so, the program will be tailored to your skill and ability level to help you achieve your needs and goals.

If you want to know more about the benefits of aquatic therapy as a way to complete your physical therapy program, contact us at 1-833-861-6161 to find an Empower Physical Therapy location near you.