Aquatic therapy is available at our Niagara Falls location and is conducted on Tuesday and Thursday during a number of convenient time slots. Our classes average 4-6 patients during each one hour session. This is an exercise program performed while submerged in a pool. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance. Those who suffer from a wide range of medical conditions can benefit from this type of therapy. Some of our patients receive treatment both ‘on land’ as well as in the pool to accelerate the rehabilitative process.
Why is aquatic therapy beneficial? The following four components are unique to this special type of therapy:
- Hydrostatic Pressure
While submerged in water, buoyancy assists in supporting the weight of the patient. Patients who suffer from arthritis, who are healing broken bones, or who are overweight can benefit from buoyancy due to the fact that the stress placed on the joints is significantly decreased.
The viscosity of water provides an excellent source of resistance that can be easily incorporated into an aquatic therapy exercise program. This resistance eliminates the need for weights. Coupled together, the viscosity and buoyancy of the water creates an exercise program that increases muscle strength while decreasing muscle and joint pain.
Hydrostatic pressure decreases swelling and improves joint position awareness. This is important for patients who have experienced joint sprains or torn ligaments. The hydrostatic pressure also assists in decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling that results after injury or with arthritic disorders.
The warmth of the pool water during a therapy session is kept at a constant 92 degrees. This helps the muscles to relax and increases blood flow to injured or sore areas. Those who suffer from muscle spasms, back pain, and fibromyalgia often feel pain relief from the warmth of the water.
Though aquatic therapy offers amazing benefits to many patients, it is not for everyone. If a patient has cardiac disease or suffers from fevers, infections, bowel or bladder incontinence, they should not participate in aquatic therapy. Always consult a physician or physical therapist prior to participating in aquatic therapy.
Call us today at 282-2888 to schedule your appointment.