What Is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy provides a wide range of patients the opportunity to gain functional improvements by using a medium that lessens physical stress. It is able to accomplish this by unloading and therefore protecting the weight bearing joints of the body, which therefore allows patients to tolerate physical activity.
Why Should You Choose Aquatic Therapy?
The buoyancy of water decreases the weight bearing load across joints to allow performance of exercises that are otherwise too difficult on land.
- The hydrostatic pressure of water is exerted equally across all submerged surfaces at rest which helps to decrease swelling and offset blood pooling into the lower extremities.
- The warmth of the water facilitates pain relief and encourages muscle relaxation which further eases movement.
Overview Of Our Programs
Specifically designed to improve flexibility and mobility throughout the body, this program concentrates on improved back strength and endurance, posture and body mechanics, as well as improved pelvic and shoulder girdle stability, education and training.
General Orthopedic Rehabilitation:
Designed to improve cardiovascular endurance and general strength, this rehabilitation also provides specific flexibility, strength, and stability training to the affected joints.
Arthritis conditioning develops functional range of motion, strength, and endurance without overstressing sore, stiff, and/or swollen joints.
Sports Specific Rehabilitation:
This program focuses on strength; agility and coordination needed to prepare an athlete for a given sport. It also maintains fitness and skills while the athlete is injured.
Total Hip/Knee Replacement:
This program aids in the recovery due to early intervention and reduced stress to the joint while exercising.
Our program utilizes the warmth and buoyancy of water to improve coordinated rhythmic movement and restore function.
What Are The Benefits Of Aquatic Therapy For Outpatient Rehabilitation?
- Early intervention
- Decreased compressive loading to painful joints
- Prevention of overtraining in athletic populations
- Overall strengthening, including postural muscles for core stabilization
- Weight loss
- Improved physical endurance from increased proficiency of both the
- cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Increased flexibility and decreased stiffness of joints
- Decreased swelling
- Increased balance
- Increased functional gains
- Increased psychological gains
- Increased quality of life
Who Can Benefit From Aquatic Therapy?
- Individuals suffering arthritic conditions or fibromyalgia
- Orthopedic injuries including the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle joints
- Post-surgical patients after a total hip or knee replacement
- Prenatal and postpartum women
- Pediatric population with neurological involvement (ex: cerebral palsy)
- Individuals who need cardiac fitness
- Patients suffering from chronic pain disorders
- Neurological injuries which prevent exercise on land secondary to fatigue, impaired strength, pain, or immobility
- Post traumatic individuals who have difficulty walking or are using an assistive device
- Spinal dysfunctions that are limited with exercise secondary to compression or pain
Call 225-238-2955 (plaquemine) or 225-654-8208 (zachary) for your appointment today.