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What is Aquatic Therapy?
Imagine being able to exercise without having lower back pain. Imagine being able to improve your balance and avoid falling.
Have you tried chiropractic care or land-based physical therapy in the past with minimal success? If so, aquatic physical therapy might be the solution for you. Patients who have experienced minimal success with other forms of treatment often find they are able to meet their personal goals when they utilize the benefits of water therapy.
How is Aquatic Therapy Different?
When you are in chin deep water, you only experience 10% of your body weight compressing your joints. Likewise, you only experience 25% of your body weight in chest deep water, and 50% in waist deep water. This reduction in joint compression allows us to control the pain that you might experience with land-based strength training or spine stabilization.
This reduction in joint compression allows us to control pain.
The hydrostatic pressure exerted by water is roughly double the pressure of a well-wrapped ACE bandage. Hydrostatic pressure also provides you with a better cardiovascular workout than you would receive with a similar land-based physical therapy program. These properties make aquatic therapy particularly appropriate for patients experiencing edema (swelling) and for those who are overweight.
Who Benefits from Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is particularly beneficial for patients experiencing chronic pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and balance disorders. It can also speed recovery associated with bone fractures, joint replacements, surgeries and other muskuloskeletal disorders.
If you or your physician feel you would benefit from aquatic physical therapy, please contact our clinic to set up an appointment. Your initial evaluation will take place at the Wisconsin Rapids clinic. Subsequent sessions will occur at the pool in the South Wood County YMCA.