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Have you ever noticed when you’re sitting in a bath or swimming in a pool that your chronic pain doesn’t seem quite as bad? That’s due to the weightless effects of water. Your muscles and joints are not under much pressure, which puts less strain on your body.
Aquatic therapy can offer many of the same benefits. Here's how.
Aquatic therapy is a doctor-administrated form of therapy to treat chronic pain. The patient will spend the duration of their therapy sessions in some indoor water source, most often a pool.
From there, this is just like physical therapy. You’ll do moves, stretches, and exercises in a pool.
Like all physical therapy, the aim of aquatic therapy is to restore strength, flexibility, power, and mobility to aching muscles or joints. If you have aching joints, you’ll notice these are less painful over time, even when you’re out of the water.
Besides rebuilding the strength of your muscles, other benefits of aquatic therapy are providing a calming environment in which to train the body, which doubles as a stress buster. This treatment can also improve locomotion and gait both in and out of the water, allow for better aerobic capacity, and restore endurance to the muscles so the patient can enjoy other physical activities outside of their therapy sessions. Patients also notice more flexibility and better coordination and balance both in and out of the water.
In some cases, aquatic therapy may be combined with other forms of restorative therapy, such as massage therapy, physical therapy outside of the water, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments like manipulations, spinal decompression, and adjustments.
On its own though, aquatic therapy can make a big difference in pain levels for some patients. This is because water changes the natural way respiratory muscles move. When in a pool, these muscles must do more, even though you don’t feel like you’re straining more.
Besides that, wave propagation adds an extra challenge in advanced sessions. With hydrostatic pressure, there’s no risk of accidental re-injury. The buoyancy of water provides a natural pain-free environment during sessions as well. Warm pool water is often favored to limber up tense muscles and joints.
If you’re interested in undergoing aquatic therapy for your chronic pain, come see us at Oxford Rehabilitation Center. We have our very own fitness center on our facility grounds where we offer aquatic therapy, physical therapy, and more.
Our other services include acupuncture, chiropractic care, non-surgical pain management, and auto accident injury treatment. We offer treatment for pain associated with sports injuries, shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, post-surgical cases, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and carpal tunnel.
To learn more or schedule an appointment today, give us a call at 215-725-2000 or visit us at Oxford Rehabilitation Center on 6735 Harbison Avenue.