Performing exercise in the water can be of great use for a variety of individuals with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders. Therapy differs from land therapy due to the specific properties of water. Unique properties of water decrease joint compression forces may reduce inflammation and provide feedback for improving posture. The resistance of the water during exercise provides a safe environment for addressing balance, strength, and postural deficits. For those patients who may have difficulty exercising on land, aquatic therapy provides a comfortable and therapeutic medium in which to gain strength and endurance.
Aquatic therapy holds well for: Orthopaedic disorders; Post surgical cases; Sports rehabilitation; Arthritis; Impaired balance disorders; Back pain; Chronic pain
Aquatic therapy is not recommended for diagnosis of: incontinence; seizure disorders; open wounds or non-healing ulcers; chlorine allergy; People with Aquaphobia. Qualified aquatic therapist gives constant monitoring to a person receiving treatment in a heated therapy pool.