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Water Works: Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

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Aquatic therapy uses water to help people reach their physical therapy goals.

In this blog, we’re diving into the purpose and many benefits that are associated with this variation of physical therapy.

What is aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy is a style of physical therapy that takes place in a pool and helps rehabilitate a person’s injury without added pain or physical stress.

This approach to physical therapy is low impact and eliminates the “jolting” effects of land exercises, which makes the movements less strenuous on a person’s body.

Not to mention, the water’s buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, temperature, and natural resistance provides an excellent rehabilitation experience for patients of all ages and swim levels.

Through aquatic therapy and the guidance of a physical therapist, people can modify exercises, reduce stress on their joints, and enhance movement.

Benefits of aquatic therapy

Just like with any style of physical therapy, there are many associated benefits and your physical therapist will work closely with you to create a plan that’s specific to you and your goals.

While there are different variations of aquatic therapy, some of the main benefits include but aren’t limited to:

  • Regaining function and independence
  • Improving endurance and conditioning
  • Adjusting body mechanics and posture
  • Increasing circulation and cardiovascular function
  • Flexibility and mobility
  • Gait and ambulation
  • Strength
  • Relaxation

Water exercises can also help improve balance in patients who have difficulty exercising on land.

People with the following conditions can benefit from aquatic therapy:

  • Chronic illnesses (EX: arthritis and multiple sclerosis)
  • Disabilities
  • Injuries
  • Post-surgery recovery

Most Phoenix Physical Therapy facilities offer aquatic therapy using the Aqua Ark® tank and our goal is to help you get back to enjoying the activities you love.

If you’re interested in learning more about aquatic therapy, find a Phoenix Physical Therapy location near you and schedule an appointment.