Why Aquatic Therapy
Individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or suffer from a neurological disorder can benefit greatly from aquatic therapy. As exercise or therapy on land can be difficult, many people look into aquatic therapy as an alternative rehabilitation option. The buoyancy of water causes the individual to feel an upward thrust when submerged. This force acts in the opposite direction of gravity. Buoyancy allows for a variety of exercises to be performed in the pool with minimal equipment. In addition, people with balance deficits may experience less fear of falling while walking and exercising in the pool.
Exercises performed in water can be adapted to resist the upward thrust of buoyancy, support the upward thrust of buoyancy, or to assist this upward thrust. Submersion decreases weight bearing by up to 90% when submerged in neck deep water, so an individual who is unable to support their body weight on land is often able to walk with minimal support in the pool. Other benefits of buoyancy are that the water supports weak muscles, enhances flexibility and range of motion, and increases the ease of handling for the therapist.
There are many benefits to Aquatic Therapy
Hydrostatic pressure is a wonderful benefit of aquatic therapy. Hydrostatic pressure is the force exerted on the immersed body by fluid molecules. No movement is necessary by the individual in order to reap the many benefits of hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure decreases pain and edema, which in turn increases range of motion. It also increases venous return and circulation by assisting the heart and decreasing blood pooling in extremities
Another benefit of being submerged in the water is that the individual experiences equal pressure everywhere. Submersion also places increased demands on the respiratory system, allowing for increased exhalation. Therefore, the respiratory muscles are forced to work a bit harder in the water, which causes these muscles to become more toned even without movement in the water.
If you feel that Aquatic Therapy may be right for you, contact the knowledgeable staff at Advanced Rehabilitation. Our goal is to accurately identify “your” specific source of pain. Only by treating the source of pain are we able to restore normal function and movement.