Aquatic therapy is a popular form of therapy for children and adults. Water is a natural motivator and allows you to become more aware of your body, movements and breathing. The properties of the water offer support, freedom and possibilities for conquering new tasks. Research has shown functional outcomes in fewer sessions than land-based therapy.
Benefits of aquatic therapy
If you have mobility, pain, or weight-bearing limitations, aquatic therapy can be an effective part of your rehabilitation. It’s also known as aqua therapy, swim therapy or hydrotherapy.
The benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Decreased pain
- Increased functional mobility
- Improved posture, balance and coordination
- Increased strength and endurance
- Improved range of motion
Aquatic therapy also eliminates the demands that gravity places on your body to relieve stress on muscles and bones, allowing individuals to move with less pain. Unlike recreation pools, our therapeutic pool maintains temperatures above 88 degrees to promote a relaxed and healing environment. Various water depths allow for treatment plans to be individualized based on your needs. Our pool is also equipped with a lift, allowing access to all individuals.
Aquatic therapy is available at Mercyhealth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center–East in Janesville.
Talk to your doctor or physical therapist if you think aquatic therapy is right for you.