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Exploring the Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Rehabilitation

Are you trying to strengthen your muscles and reclaim mobility after an injury or chronic diagnosis? You’re probably wondering about the benefits of aquatic therapy. Keep reading to learn about the advantages of water therapy and whether it’s a good treatment option for you.

What Is Aquatic Therapy?

Also known as hydrotherapy, or sometimes pool therapy, aquatic rehabilitation involves exercises and movements performed in water for therapeutic purposes. A physical therapist or occupational therapist oversees the treatment to ensure its safety and effectiveness. While it takes place in a pool or other body of water, it’s often paired with land-based treatments for a more effective and holistic approach.

Aquatic Therapy Benefits

Aquatic therapy is a popular rehabilitation approach because it reduces the stress that gravity puts on the body, allowing for more pain-free movement. It also grants several advantages for your long-term health. Our physical therapists, occupational therapists, and patients love the following benefits of hydrotherapy.

Improved Joint Function

One of the most positive effects of aquatic rehabilitation is that it can improve joint function, including reducing pain and increasing mobility. The low buoyancy of water means it can support your joints, so you can complete movements that might feel painful or uncomfortable on land. This strengthens the injured joint and helps you obtain a wider range of movement.

Enhanced Balance

The benefits of aquatic therapy are for more than just your joints and muscles. The instability of water requires constant adjustments in posture and balance, thereby enhancing proprioception and stability. 

With poor proprioception, you’ll have trouble balancing or walking because your brain doesn’t have the appropriate level of awareness. Since water is naturally unstable, it retrains your brain to enhance positional awareness. This has the long-term benefit of reducing your chances of falling and injuring yourself.

Cardiovascular Fitness

Don’t underestimate the importance of water-based therapy in facilitating long-term enhancement of cardiovascular fitness. Aquatic exercise can improve cardiovascular fitness through activities such as water walking, jogging, or swimming. The natural resistance of the water can increase your heart rate and provide long-term support for your entire cardiovascular system. It’s also a great option for individuals who have limited mobility from a specific injury or chronic  pain.

Pain Reduction 

The warmth and buoyancy of water can help alleviate pain by promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension. Aquatic therapy is an effective way to reduce pain and improve function in individuals with chronic low back pain, and can improve muscle strength and endurance in individuals with conditions such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.

Personalized Approach 

One of the advantages of pool therapy over other forms of treatment is its high degree of personalization. From walking or jogging to water yoga or weight lifting, the treatment can take almost any form, depending on your needs and treatment goals.

Seek Reliable Aquatic Therapy for Your Rehabilitation

Are you ready to claim all the benefits of aquatic therapy? When you reach out to Spero Rehab, you’ll find a team of friendly and qualified physical and occupational therapists passionate about your healing and rehabilitation. Our patient-centered approach and family-friendly environment mean you can feel comfortable and confident enough to continue your healing journey.

To book an appointment, contact us today.