Aquatic Therapy places patients in a comfortable heated pool to perform exercise and movement in water with less pain. It’s effective for patients with limited ability to exercise or move after surgery or acute sports injuries. Results Physiotherapy provides saline pools heated therapeutically to 93 degrees. Saline adds buoyancy and reduces chlorination. The warmth of the water relaxes the muscles, and the buoyancy provides support to painful joints.
Weight-bearing can be carefully graduated in the water from none to partial to full.
As function improves, the goal is to advance to therapy on land.
Conditions that respond well to aquatic therapy include:
- rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia
- acute low back disc injuries
- chronic spinal stenosis
- acute sports injuries
- total joint replacements
- post podiatry or orthopedic surgery
- pregnancy-related back pain
- complex regional pain syndrome