Aquatic therapy is physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other aquatic environment under the supervision of a trained physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. It may be used as a stand alone treatment, or as a transition to a land-based therapy program, based upon a person's condition.
Aquatic therapy is available in Massena.
Ways that water’s natural properties create an ideal therapeutic environment include:
- Warm water provides a relaxing and soothing environment for aching joints and muscles. We keep the pool 94* for this reason.
- Water’s natural viscosity or resistance can be used for muscle strengthening and increasing rehabilitation progressions.
- Buoyancy allows for flotation and reduces the effects of gravity on injured or aching joints and muscles.
- Hydrostatic pressure supports and stabilizes the client, allowing people with balance deficits to perform exercises without a fear of falling, decreasing pain, and improving cardiovascular return.
- Turbulence and wave propagation let the therapist gently manipulate the client through the desired exercises.
- The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder in the water, allowing for a natural strengthening that benefits the client long after the therapy session has ended.
Water therapy may be helpful for clients suffering from the following conditions:
- Arthroscopic surgery recovery
- Balance disorders
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic pain
- Idiopathic joint pain
- Joint reconstruction surgery recovery
- Joint replacement surgery recovery
- Lower back pain
- Orthopedic injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprains and strains
- Traumatic Brain Injury