Achieving Goals Through Aquatic Therapy

January 22, 2015

It's a phenomenal way to get therapy", said Jessica. "Many participants who are involved in aquatic therapy say they look forward to their treatment sessions because it relieves their pain and it isn't as strenuous as exercise on land. Those rehabilitating from knee replacements, hip replacements, and shoulder replacements have found aquatic therapy to be an ideal way to receive treatment."

Jessica Snyder, a Physical Therapy Assistant at Abernethy Laurels who is certified in aquatic therapy, said adult orthopedic patients, particularly those with chronic back pain, joint replacements or after spine surgery, who have difficulty bearing any weight, can start an exercise routine more quickly in the water versus traditional land based therapy.

According to numerous reports, aquatic therapy has proven to be highly effective at treating chronic pain, improving functional mobility, and increasing range of motion. Those with conditions like arthritis or joint pain, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic back pain are ideal candidates for aquatic therapy. Aquatics is also a popular treatment for individuals with Parkinson's disease, strokes, or those rehabilitating from recent joint replacement surgery.

Research shows that there are numerous benefits to participating in aquatic activities which makes water therapy much more efficient than on land. With aquatic therapy there is little to no impact on the joints, the risk of someone falling is greatly decreased, and in many cases it reduces swelling in the joints. The buoyancy that water provides allows muscles to work slowly and more precisely, thus helping someone receiving aquatic therapy achieve their goals much sooner than on land. 

Many find that where there was once pain and dependence, aquatic therapy has provided them with less pain, independence and a joyful return to the activities they enjoy.

To learn more about the benefits of aquatic therapy, call Lisa Union at Abernethy Laurels 828-465-8532.