Benefits of aquatic therapy after a stroke

Strokes affect hundreds of thousands of people each year. Their effects range from minor to severe, but the majority of stroke patients require some level of physical rehabilitation. Determining the most effective and painless form of rehabilitation can be a challenge for many patients and physical therapists. Warm water therapy can be a viable and effective option, because it offers a safe and comfortable environment for the individual to relearn physical skills.

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.  Aquatic therapy can help to improve strength, circulation, flexibility and lung capacity. As most of the body is immersed in the water, it takes the stress off the joints, which is particularly helpful when working with weak stroke patients. The water provides more resistance than when exercising on land and it helps to disperse the body heat, which will avoid overheating. Stroke patients who are wheelchair bound or who use braces or crutches, find that they do not need the mobility aids while in the pool. This makes it easy for them to perform actions or movements that they cannot do out of the water.

Stroke patients will often experience problems when it comes to balance. This makes it difficult to walk or perform different activities. Studies show that most chronic stroke patients received significant improvements through aquatic therapy. The studies show improvements in weight-bearing abilities, movement and knee flexor strength. The hydrotherapy results are more effective than traditional therapy that involves exercises on land.

So contact Advanced Rehabilitation today to set up your personalized treatment plan that can get you on the right track of recovery. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here for you.