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Aquatic physical therapy is a unique and highly effective form of physiotherapy that is gaining popularity worldwide. It’s a technique where rehabilitation exercises are carried out by trained aquatic therapists in a heated warm pool. It helps in muscle relaxation, reduces pain and improves joints.
Aquatic therapy includes rehabilitation, prevention, fitness and wellness. It is suitable for all age groups, be it children and adults. In fact, patients with various disabilities, disorders, and health problems can opt for this therapy. This is because aquatic therapy proves to be efficient in treating pain and reduced mobility caused by a wide range of health conditions such as arthritis, back pain, sports injuries, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, obesity, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, etc.
1. It improves flexibility, muscle relaxation and increases peripheral circulation through the use of warm water.
2. The treatment provides resistance for low impact strength training, improves circulation, balance and coordination.
3. The major benefit of this therapy is that the apparent weightlessness in water reduces stress and impact on painful joints. The result is a pain free, risk free and safe exercise experience.
4. Apart from weightlessness, the warmth of the water also reduces muscle tightness, eradicates pain, and enhances mobility.
5. For patients struggling with conventional land-based physiotherapy, aquatic therapy is the one stop solution to their rehabilitation needs.
6. It provides relaxation and reduces stress.
8. People who are not able to perform exercises on the land can safely and easily perform them in water.
Aquatic therapy can be extremely beneficial, but safety needs to be ensured at all steps!