Aquatic therapy is a physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other aquatic environment under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional. Aquatic therapy is also known as water therapy, aquatic rehabilitation, aqua therapy, pool therapy, therapeutic aquatic exercise, or hydrotherapy. CORE’s Aquatic Therapy Program offers an alternative form of rehabilitation.
Aquatic therapy is an excellent intervention for patients with musculoskeletal problems. Water’s natural buoyancy property decreases the impact on joints and provides compression while still promoting movement. Because of this buoyancy, aquatic therapy offers an opportunity to exercise, gain strength, and re-initiate limb and body movement in a comfortable, low-pressure environment.
Common goals of Aquatics Therapy Include:
- Improving flexibility
- Improving balance and coordination
- Building muscle strength and endurance
- Enhancing aerobic capacity
- Assisting with gait and locomotion
- Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
Aquatic therapy is different from aquatic exercise or aquatic fitness because it is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that requires the involvement of a trained therapist.
Ask your therapist or doctor about the Aquatic Therapy Program to see if it’s right for you. A physician’s referral and initial physical therapy evaluation are required before beginning this program.