What is Aquatic Therapy Really All About?
The web definition for aquatic therapy, is physical therapy that is performed in the water (yes it can be that simple). Aquatic therapy can refer to a number of different activities, but it is essentially therapy conducted in water with the purpose of recovering from injury or improving conditioning. Surprisingly, water therapy is not a recent discovery, rather it has been around since the 5th century. In the 5th century BC Hippocrates first prescribed bathing in spring water to relieve illness and evidence of using water to treat various health issues is found in Egyptian, Japanese, Persian and Roman civilizations. Typically, health and fitness fads come and go (remember Richard Simmons, ThighMaster, Jane Fonda Videos, SuanaSuits, Toning Shoes, Bowflex home gym- you get the picture), but the use of water has remained constant! The reason for its longevity is because, it’s been proven effective.
There are as many methods of aquatic therapy as there are conditions that can be treated with its use.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
- Increasing physical ability without impact
- Can begin rehabbing sooner
- Recovery and strength conditioning
- High intensity workouts without risk of injury or joint strain
- Enhanced muscle recovery time
- Safe environment (eliminates fear of falling)
- Freedom of movement
As you can see, the uses and benefits of warm water therapy are endless. Learn more about the impact aquatic therapy can have on rehabilitation with this one page document.