By Kimberly Alquist

BP&HT’s aquatic re/habilitation program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water. Swimming is not a prerequisite skill. Patients can perform each exercise through activity and play while standing in the water, holding onto the side of the pool, or using a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence, and increasing mobility with each completed exercise during play.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy:
• Warm water facilitates muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation.
• Viscosity of water provides resistance for strength training.
• Warm water stimulates body awareness, balance, and trunk stability.
• The reduction of gravitational forces in the pool allows the patient to stand and begin gait training and stretching exercises without causing further damage to healing structures.
• Warm water and buoyancy results in decreased pain sensitivity.
• Improvement of patient morale and confidence can be established by providing a positive medium in which to function.

Aquatic Rehabilitation may be prescribed specifically for:
• Pain (i.e. lower back)
• Joint pain from sports or daily repetitive activities
• Neurological and orthopedic injuries
• Post-surgical debilitation
• Muscle weakness secondary to chronic or acute injury or illness

Aquatic Therapy is a positive medium that can improve our patient’s morale and confidence. Ask us if this could be a good program for your child this summer.

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