Aquatic Therapy

How Can Aquatic Therapy Help You?

Aquatic therapy targets surface muscles as well as deep stabilizing muscles that most individuals do not activate in typical land-based exercises. Aquatic therapy decompresses the spine putting less stress on the joints of the body, promotes upright posture with standing exercises, as well as reducing pain while increasing stability. Both land and pool therapies are effective individually, but often, the best results can come from the two methods being used in combination.

Patient education is a key component of any physical therapy program. Patient education begins well before you enter the pool, typically at your evaluation. Your physical therapist will review what aquatic therapy entails, the benefits to you (individualized on a case-by case basis), what to expect, and an opportunity for you to address questions/concerns regarding this type of therapy.

Properties of Water used in Aquatic Therapy

Buoyancy:  This property decreases both the stress put through the joints of the body and muscle guarding (tightness and tensing of muscles due to pain), while increasing range of motion, joint flexibility, and flexibility.

Hydrostatic Pressure:  Helps to increase cardiovascular demands with walking upon entering the water and helps to reduce swelling.

Viscosity:  While performing exercises, viscosity allows multiple muscle groups to work together because the body is under constant resistance.  This allows for more controlled movement, decreasing the risk of injury and more successful balance training.

Temperature: Weymouth Club’s therapy pool is only 4 feet deep and set at a therapeutic temperature of 92 F. The warm temperature of our pool helps to reduce muscle guarding, improve range of motion (ROM) and circulation. We also have deep water pools available for your use ranging in temperature from 82-86 F.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Makes you feel better!
  • Reduces swelling
  • Improves weight bearing status with walking

and stair negotiation

  • Activates deep stabilizing muscles
  • Builds community and patient support/interaction
  • Allows you to tolerate more difficult workouts 

with less stress on your body

 

 

Bay State Physical Therapy at Weymouth Club offers aquatic therapy in a warm-water therapy pool (heated to 92 degrees), reserved for patients only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7am-6pm.

Do you Have?

  • Post-operative hip, knee and shoulder replacement
  • Sports related injuries
  • Arthritis and rheumatic disease
  • Spinal patients/Scoliosis/Postural dysfunction
  • Cervical injuries/whiplash
  • Post-stroke
  • Joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Fibromyalgia/Chronic pain syndrome
  • Balance deficits/ Gait abnormalities
  • Edema/Swelling
  • Altered Tone and other neurological issues