Aquatic Therapy Specialist
For those dealing with back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and other conditions, aquatic therapy can help. At Ahava Medical Center, patients throughout Brooklyn and New York City can get help from numerous conditions using aquatic therapy at a comprehensive medical facility. Visit the Williamsburg and Flatbush locations today.
Aquatic Therapy Q & A
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy, also known as water therapy, pool therapy, or aquatics, is a type of physical therapy exercise which utilizes water to provide gentle resistance. The therapy has proven to be very beneficial to those who have had a joint replaced and those who are dealing with other conditions which cause discomfort through the muscles and joints. The exercise can improve your flexibility and range of motion without putting undue stress on a person’s joints and spine. This makes it low-impact. Water therapy is often used as a form of physical therapy at the center.
What are the Benefits of Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic Therapy offers:
- Warm water which facilitates relaxation of the muscles and increase circulation in the extremities
- Warm water also stimulates trunk stability, body awareness, and balance
- Reduced gravity on the body allows a patient to stand undergo gait training exercises without the risk of additional damage occurring
- Decreased pain sensitivity because of buoyancy
What Happens During an Aquatic Rehabilitation Program?
The aquatic rehabilitation program used at the center will consist of various exercises performed in the water under the supervision of a trained practitioner. Swimming is not a necessary skill for aquatic therapy. Most of the exercises can be performed while standing in the water and holding onto the side of the pool or when using a flotation device. The water offers an effective and safe method for restoring patient confidence, healing injuries, and increasing mobility with each finished exercise.
Aquatic Rehabilitation may be prescribed specifically for:
- Neurological and orthopedic conditions
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Lower back pain
- Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities
- Muscle weakness which accompanies chronic or acute injuries or illnesses