Aquatic therapy is a form of physical therapy that is significantly less stressful on the joints. This therapy is typically done in a pool heated anywhere from 86 F degrees F to 95 degrees F. These conditions create an ideal environment for patients to work on their injuries in a low intensity way.
There are three main elements that make physical therapy beneficial above terrestrial physical therapy: 1.Buoyancy (which allows the reduction of weight in patients through the medium of water)
2.Viscosity ( the drag force provided by the water compared to the normal drag force of air)
3. Thermodynamic aspect of water exercise.
These elements allow for a superior recovery experience for the patient and can even allow patients to show recovery at a faster pace than patients receiving a generic physical therapy treatment.
These three elements combined form the following benefits for the patient's recovery:
The density of the water lessens the effect of gravity on joints and muscles which allows the patient to have a higher range of motion and flexibility while in the water while taking away the discomfort of the body's weight.
#2 -Muscle Relaxation
The warmth of the water promotes relaxation which allows muscles and affected areas to have an increase in blood flow which encourages faster healing. This also helps reduce muscle spasms and cramps.
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#3 - Reduce Discomfort
The even pressure of the water and its temperature allow the body relief from aches and pains which provides an opportunity to further progress in the physical therapy treatment without so much strain.
#4 -Rebuilds Muscle Memory
The constant resistance a patient feels in the water promotes slower movements which consequently give the brain more time to process the signals muscles release. This aids in the process of muscle memory and people with neurological conditions.
#5 - Improve Balance
The constant pressure and resistance of the water provide support to a patient's body that helps feel secure and allow for movement without any fall risk or fear.
Being in the water provides positive stimulation and allows healing in a fun relaxed environment.
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