Aquatic therapy is conducted in an in- ground pool in the hospital’s Physical Therapy Department. The water in the pool is heated to 90-94 degrees and the atmospheric temperature is kept at a warm and toasty 80 degrees.
Aquatic therapy takes advantage of the natural buoyancy of the water to allow patients to move more freely and easily than on land. This allows patients who may not tolerate exercise on land due to secondary to pain and/or weakness to start the rehabilitation process sooner. Buoyancy also decreases the compressive forces on joints and the discs of the back allowing for exercise with decreased pain.
Another benefit of aquatic therapy is hydrostatic pressure on submerged body parts. This is helpful for swelling around joints.
Aquatic therapy also can:
- Increase flexibility
- Increase joint range of motion
- Increase muscle strength
- Improve balance and decrease muscle spasticity.
Aquatic therapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions including arthritis, low back pain, neck pain, bursitis, tendonitis, status post fractures and muscle weakness.
To participate aquatic therapy you can not have open wounds, skin infections, severe hypertension or hypotension, allergies to pool chemicals, seizures, decreased respiratory capacity, surgical sutures, incontinence, bladder or vaginal infections.
Aquatic Therapy is only offer at Whitesburg ARH.