Aquatic Therapy is a series of exercises and activities designed to take advantage of the healing benefits of water. It is similar to other types of therapy, except that the patient performs the rehabilitation exercises in water.
The major benefits of aquatic therapy include buoyancy, decreased pain, increased range of motion, decreased swelling, increased circulation, decreased weight stresses on joints. Patients can exercise more comfortably while increasing their levels of strength, tolerance, flexibility, and endurance with less pain and muscle and joint stress.
At Holzer, patients utilize a pool specially designed for aquatic therapy. The pool features variable water depth to control weight bearing on muscles and joints, current control for resistive strengthening, and a variety of other options that allow for a customized treatment plan; as well as workstations used with variable weight training from static strengthening to plyometrics.