Water. Not only is it essential for life, it provides far-reaching benefits to the body and mind. Aquatic therapy is a great solution with people with disabilities such as multiple sclerosis. People with this disability can use aquatics, or water exercise, to help relieve chronic pain caused by the neurological disease.
Because water eliminates the effects of gravity on the body, pain and stress on muscles and joints are greatly reduced. As result, people can stretch and strengthen weakened arms and legs within their full range of motion. While standing in a pool, they can also use the weight of water to help correct problems in gait and balance with less effort than on land.
Aquatics are particularly recommended for people with MS because water is more efficient in drawing heat away from the body than is air. This helps keep the body from overheating, which often causes MS symptoms to worsen temporarily.
The soothing effects of the water can also benefit other people with disabilities, because warm water has been shown to help increase flexibility, decrease pain, relieve muscle spasms, and improve circulation.
Aquatic therapy at Advanced Rehabilitation can be utilized as a supplement to traditional physical therapy management or may be prescribed specifically, depending on physician recommendation or at the physical therapist’s discretion. At Advanced Rehabilitation, we implement a functional based philosophy, utilizing evidence based treatments and techniques focused on each individual patient’s needs and goals. So call Advanced Rehabilitation at 833-2022 with any questions you may have.