aquatic therapy

Aquatic Therapy

Magnolia Rehabilitation is proud to offer Aquatic (Water) Therapy at our Starkville location. Aquatic therapy offers help to a wide range of patients.

Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves performing exercises in the water. Water supports the body and provides assistance and resistance to movement. It also reduces stress on the joints. Patients that engage in aquatic therapy can improve strength, function, and mobility rather quickly through the healing process.

Who is it for?

This type of therapy is very beneficial for people who have difficulty with weight bearing activities. This can be related to arthritis, recent fractures, surgeries, sprains, back pain/injuries, stroke (CVA), Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Other conditions treated with aquatic therapy include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Repetitive stress disorders
  • Guillian Barre syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy

Many patients with muscle spasms, back pain, and fibromyalgia find aquatic therapy to be very therapeutic. If you think Aquatic Therapy could be beneficial to you, check with your physician and call us at any of our locations and we can get you started immediately.

Why it’s Great?

There are many components of aquatic therapy that basic land based therapies may not offer.  These include:

  • Buoyancy: This provides assistance and support.  It is used to decrease the intra-articular compressive forces that are placed on weak extremities that are less able to bear weight.  Buoyancy allows the patient to move more easily with decreased stress on the joints, muscles, and bones.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure: The water surrounding the body helps to circulate the blood from the lower extremities to the heart, often reducing swelling in the ankles and feet.  Once the swelling is reduced, joint tenderness can decrease and range of motion can increase.
  • Heat:  Aquatic therapy is provided to patients in a heated pool, temperatures ranging from 94-95 degrees.  When exercising in warm water, vasodilatation of the blood vessels occur which increases blood flow to the area of injury.  This results in increased oxygen to that area which also promotes healing.  The warm water relaxes muscles and allows for an improvement in range of motion in the joints.
  • Resistance: This allows for improvement in balance and strength in all muscle directions.  With land exercise, resistance is only felt in one direction, which can lead to an over development of some muscles and an underutilization of others.  Resistance also increases sensory awareness.