Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy treatment that takes place in water, generally in a warm therapy pool. It is also commonly known as hydrotherapy or aquatic rehabilitation and has soothing properties that can benefit you if you are seeking pain relief or a gentle return to movement and exercise. To learn more about how our licensed Gainesville, FL physical therapists can assist you with aquatic therapy treatments, contact ReQuest Physical Therapy today!
How does aquatic therapy work?
Aquatic therapy sessions are very organized and typically begin with a warm-up. They all take place in the water and begin with gentle, low-resistance exercises to target the lower and upper extremities. This may include brief walking and light stretches. Then they may turn to more advanced cardiovascular and core activities, such as running, squatting, arm swings, and leg swings.
Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that we are happy to offer at ReQuest Physical Therapy. Our Gainesville, FL physical therapists recognize the positive effect of using water treatments to improve motion and functionality while simultaneously allowing your muscles to relax.
What can I gain from aquatic therapy?
Water’s natural properties set the stage for a very therapeutic environment. Did you know that aquatic therapy is a method of relief that has been practiced for hundreds of years by many cultures?
The ancient Romans and Greeks bathed in hot springs for relaxation and to improve circulation. Hippocrates believed hot springs could heal sickness. Swiss monks were well known to use thermal waters to treat sick people. The Japanese use hot springs to treat skin problems and relieve chronic pain.
The benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Building muscle strength and endurance through low-impact activity
- Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
- Enhancing the healing process to decrease recovery time
- Increasing aerobic capacity for better health
- Improving coordination and balance
- Improving flexibility and movement
- Assisting with locomotion and gait
Aquatic therapy may be added to your current physical therapy treatment plan under the discretion of our Gainesville, FL physical therapist. He or she will assist you in the movements that will help you find relief.
So, why should I choose aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy at ReQuest Physical Therapy may provide the following:
- Relief. It can help provide relief for many conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, lower back pain, orthopedic injuries, sprains, strains, and tendonitis.
- Improved Breathing. The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder during aquatic therapy, which helps you breathe better.
- Relaxation. It provides a soothing and relaxing environment for aching muscles and joints.
- Buoyancy. Water has a natural buoyancy for flotation and reduces gravity on aching muscles and joints. There should be less pain when you exercise in water.
- Hydrostatic pressure. With its hydrostatic pressure, you’re supported and don’t have to fear falling while performing exercises.
- Resistance. Water’s natural resistance can be used to increase the rehabilitation process and strengthen muscles. Wave propagation and turbulence also allow you to create resistance for building strength and endurance to use on land.
Learn more about aquatic therapy sessions today!
If you are looking for relief and increased movement, aquatic therapy will likely be beneficial to you. Request an appointment with ReQuest Physical Therapy today to get started!