Aquatic therapy consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. It uses the following physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance:
- Buoyancy Assists in reducing force of stress on joints. Useful for patients with arthritis, healing fractures or who are overweight.
- Viscosity Provides resistance that allows for muscle strengthening without the need of weights, further decreasing joint stress.
- Hydrostatic Pressure Decreases swelling and improves joint position awareness. Beneficial to patients with acute injuries such as sprains and strains, as well as post-op patients.
- Warmth Assists in relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow to injured areas. Beneficial to patients with muscle spasms, back pain or fibromyalgia.
Prenatal Aquatic Exercise
Aquatic therapy also is beneficial during pregnancy. SwedishAmerican offers a special Prenatal Aquatic Exercise Program that provides pregnant women with a safe alternative to exercising on land. The buoyancy of water reduces the effects of gravity and relieves joint stress and pain. In addition, the hydrostatic pressure of water helps to decrease swelling.
For more information about SwedishAmerican's aquatic therapy services, please call (815) 489-4590.