When discussing Aquatic Therapy in Erie PA, the name that should come to mind is Advanced Rehabilitation. Physical and Aquatic therapy are our specialties. Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical or occupational therapy. For years, therapists have seen positive results when applying this water treatment to a variety of patients. Water has been, and still remains, the best environment to achieve full range of function regardless of the injury. Water improves motion and flexibility. The warmth of the water (94°F) and its massaging effects allow muscles to relax while helping to reduce pain. The natural buoyancy reduces gravitational pull and lessens compressive forces, hence making exercises much easier to perform than on land. Best of all, aquatic therapy can be used even if a patient does not know how to swim!

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Warm water facilitates muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation.
  • Viscosity of water provides resistance for strength training.
  • Warm water stimulates body awareness, balance, and trunk stability.
  • The reduction of gravitational forces in the pool allows the patient to stand and begin gait training and strengthening exercises without causing further damage to healing structures.
  • Warm water and buoyancy results in decreased pain sensitivity.
  • Improvement of patient morale and confidence can be established by providing a positive medium in which to function.

Aquatic Rehabilitation may be prescribed specifically for:

  • Low back pain
  • Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities
  • Neurological and orthopedic injuries
  • Post-surgical debilitation
  • Muscle weakness secondary to chronic or acute injury or illness

For more definitive info on Aquatic Therapy, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_therapy