Also called: Aquatic Rehabilitation; Aquatic Physical Therapy
Aquatic physical therapy is completed in a pool under the direct instruction and supervision of a licensed therapist. The natural buoyancy of water creates a therapeutic environment that decreases stress on joint structures.
Aquatic therapy allows patients to perform activities that they would otherwise not be able to outside of this environment. This can improve function, endurance, flexibility, relaxation, and strength. The ultimate goal is to maximize the patient’s function and to progress to a land-based program.
Prior to beginning aquatic physical therapy, each patient will have a physical therapy evaluation to determine if aquatic physical therapy is appropriate.