Aquatic PT is a type of physical therapy that is done inside of water. It is a widely used as a rehabilitation, preventative, and fitness method. Everyone can benefit from aquatic physical therapy because of the many different ways it is used to improve movement. It can help improve balance, aerobic capacity, muscle strength and has many other benefits to the human body. Eliminating gravity can help increase full-body movement in a low-risk environment. The warm water helps increase circulation, strength, and flexibility while reducing weight on joints. This lowers the risk of injury tremendously and allows patients to participate in exercises freely.
Many diagnosis’s can be helped and improved by this type of therapy. A number of success stories Studies show that:
Compared with no intervention, a 6-week program of aquatic physical therapy resulted in significantly less pain and improved physical function, strength, and quality of life.
- 71 volunteers with symptomatic hip or knee osteoarthritis participated in a study to either receive 6 weeks of aquatic physical therapy or no aquatic physical therapy.
The group that received aquatic PT had less pain and joint stiffness and greater physical function, quality of life, and hip muscle strength. 72% of participants reported improvements in pain and 75% reported improvements in function, compared with only 17% improvement (in both pain and function) of control participants. Benefits were maintained 6 weeks after the completion of physical therapy, with 84% of participants continuing independently.
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