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Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water, including buoyancy and resistance, to aid in rehabilitation and healing. Buoyancy reduces stress on the joints and injured soft tissues, while resistance allows for strengthening of specific muscle groups.The unique physical properties of water make it an ideal and comfortable medium in which to challenge all levels of strength, especially when joints are injured and movement is difficult. When used as part of an individualized treatment program, aquatic therapy allows for functional movement earlier in the therapeutic program by reducing the effects of weight bearing on joints by up to 80 percent. Our aquatic therapists also provide advice on how to continue aquatic therapy at home or at a local pool.
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Aquatic therapy can provide benefits to patients recovering from a broad range of musculoskeletal and neurological problems, including:
A highly trained occupational or physical therapist performs a comprehensive evaluation of each patient to establish an appropriate plan of care.