There's something magical about water, especially for patients who can't tolerate weight-bearing exercises. The water's natural buoyancy supports the body's weight, taking stress off the joints to minimize pain during exercise. The therapeutic properties of water, combined with the skill and specialized training of our Aquatics Team, can make an enormous difference in your mobility and function. You don't even have to be a swimmer to get the full benefits of aquatic therapy, which include:
Greater joint flexibility: Buoyancy reduces the effects of gravity, allowing for increased joint range of motion. So it's easier and less painful to move. Our warm water, kept at 92°, also helps to relax sore and tight muscles.
Increased muscle strength: Did you know that water is up to 700 times more resistant than air, making it the perfect medium for strengthening weakened muscles? Because water makes it more difficult to move quickly, our equipment is specially designed to provide increased surface area in order to increase your strength in the pool.
Decreased pain. There's nothing better than being immersed in warm water to increase blood supply to sore muscles and to promote relaxation. Plus, the buoyancy effect offers relief to weakened body structures, making it more comfortable—and less painful—to work out.
Improved balance. With the uniform pressure of the water, combined with buoyancy, you'll have the support you need, so you can react more quickly without the fear of falling or getting hurt.
Our Aquatics Team works in close partnership with all of our other clinical teams, providing aquatic therapy to address a wide range of conditions, including:
- Total knee and hip joint procedures
- Some specific forms of Fibromyalgia
- Patients with fractures and other post-traumatic injuries who cannot fully bear weight