Aquatic therapy, or therapy conducted in water, can be beneficial for patients with a variety of medical conditions, including arthritis, broken bones, back pain, obesity, healing after surgery and much more.
The buoyancy of the water helps support the patient’s weight; therefore, the force of gravity on the joints is reduced. This means that aquatic therapy patients experience reduced pain, greater ease of movement and greater flexibility while in the therapy pool, which can help accelerate the healing process. Other benefits of aquatic therapy include providing excellent resistance for strength training along with the warm water of the therapy pool relaxing muscles and dilating blood vessels. This increases blood flow to injured areas, accelerating healing.
Fit-N-Wise aquatic therapists utilize techniques that make use of the water’s buoyancy and resistance to help patients improve their endurance, strength, confidence and range of motion.