Aquatic Therapy

We proudly offer the only dedicated aquatic therapy pool in the area.

Performance Rehabilitation provides one-on-one aquatic therapy in a private environment. The heated therapy pool relieves gravity from your painful joints and muscles, and there is no need to swim. We have a powered underwater treadmill providing a significant advantage. A lift is also available to help you gently in and out of the pool.

HOW IT WORKS

Aquatic therapy has been around for a long time. Patients have seen improvements in endurance, strength, pulmonary function, pain and even self-esteem. Techniques of aquatic therapy vary and are often specific to injury or condition. There are exercises specific to improving flexibility and strength training, as well as ambulatory exercise and therapeutic swimming. The water can be controlled depending on the outcome one is looking for. The best way to do this is through the temperature of the water. Warmer water can be used for vasodilation, which draws blood into the tissues. This increased blood flow delivers the necessary oxygen and nutrients while removing cell wastes. Warm water also  decreases muscle spasm, relieves pain, increases range of motion and relaxes tense muscles.

BENEFITS

Just about everyone can benefit from aquatic therapy or water exercise. But people with these specific injuries/conditions will also see improved results from this therapy: arthritis, fractures, joint sprains, torn ligaments, sports injuries, knee/hip  replacement, muscle spasms, back or neck pain, fibromyalgia, pregnancy-related pain, walking or balance issues, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, stroke and lymphedema. Here are just a few benefits of working in the water:

  • Relaxation: The temperature of water can be controlled to help relax muscles as well as blood vessels. This can lead to an increased blood flow in injured areas. For patients with back pain or acute pain, the water can be something to look forward to.
  • Resistance: Have you ever performed an exercise in the water? It can be pretty tough thanks to the viscosity of water. That resistance creates increased muscle strength without the need to use weights.
  • Buoyancy: Floating in the water can be fun, but buoyancy can actually help support the weight of a patient. Water lessens the stress placed on joints, which makes exercises less painful to perform.
  • Pressure: Water creates hydrostatic pressure, which can decrease swelling and allow a patient to be better aware of joint position. Patients can feel a better sense of relative placement which will also improve exercises. The hydrostatic pressure can also assist in decreasing joint and soft-tissue swelling.

Keep in mind that aquatic therapy is not for everyone. Individuals with some forms of cardiac disease, fevers, incontinence open wounds or infections should typically avoid aquatic therapy. Remember to discuss your conditions with your physician before beginning any aquatic therapy program.

If you are wondering if aquatic therapy can help you, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your specific needs!

 

 

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