Exercise-based aquatic therapy helps people with painful joints to improve flexibility, function and strength.
What is aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy is done in the water and uses the resistance of water instead of weights. Aquatic therapy is for people with long-term illness or injury. It is helpful to people with painful joints. Aquatic therapy often is done in a heated therapy pool. The warm water helps to ease pain and relax muscles. Aquatic therapy can help people with a variety of conditions. Aquatic therapy is used to help improve:
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Back pain
- Foot pain, ankle pain, knee pain
- Recovery from spinal cord injuries
- Recovery from amputation
- Stroke recovery
- Recovery from brain injury
Aquatic therapy often includes stretching and strengthening exercises. Therapists focus on helping people with:
- Easing pain
- Lumbar stabilization
- Athletic training
- Cardiovascular training
Talk to your provider about getting a referral for aquatic therapy. Find a rehabilitation center with aquatic therapy or rehabilitation location.