When it comes to Physical Therapy, Could Water be the Best Medicine?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

At a comfortable 94° F, the aquatic therapy pool at our Perryville clinic is rarely without a patient. That’s because so many doctors and therapists have discovered that Aquatic Therapy has undeniable benefits for our patients and their ability to recover from all phases of injury or illness. Most importantly, patients can take advantage of Aquatic Therapy even if they do not know how to swim.

The therapeutic properties of Aquatic Therapy coupled with the skills of a trained and qualified therapist can improve your function and mobility in a number of ways.

Here are a few of the important benefits you will experience with your treatment:

1.The warm temperature of the pool will help with muscle relaxation, aching joints, and increases peripheral circulation or the blood flow that reaches the upper and lower extremities of the body and the surface of the skin.

2.Buoyancy of the water will decrease your pain sensitivity. Buoyancy makes the body feel lighter and provides support to your joints and muscles allowing you to complete movements and exercises that you may not be able to do outside of the water.

3.Because water is 600-700 times more resistive then air, patients using Aquatic Therapy will utilize more muscles then what they normally would use on land for the same activity. The resistance provided by the water assists in muscle strengthening and increased balance.

4.The pressure exerted from water, known as hydrostatic pressure, can lessen swelling in the body and assist in relieving joint stress by increasing blood flow throughout the body when submerged.

There are a seemingly endless number of conditions that can be treated with Aquatic Therapy but some of the most common include:

Chronic Pain including arthritis

Back Pain


Spinal Injuries

Joint Replacements

Post-surgical debilitation

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Joint Pain due to overuse in sports or repetitive activities

Muscle weakness due to a chronic or acute injury or illness

Orthopedic Injuries including Hip, Foot, Ankle and Knee

Neurological Injuries such as those suffered from stokes or head injuries

Aquatic Physical Therapy can be offered in conjunction with land based therapy or alone as the primary therapy depending on the patient and the condition being treated. While Aquatic Therapy may not be for everyone, many patients suffering from a variety of conditions and diseases have seen the enormous advantages of Aquatic Physical Therapy in their recovery.

For more information about Aquatic Therapy at Mid America Rehab, contact us at 573-768-3349.