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Aquatic Physical Therapy is the scientific practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by physical therapists and physical therapists assistants. Aquatic Physical Therapy includes but is not limited to treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness and fitness of patient/client populations in an aquatic environment. The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance treatments for patients/clients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) diseases, disorders, or conditions.
The practice gives physical therapy patients the opportunity to rehabilitate and develop functional muscles when land exercises are too painful or even impossible. Because of the body’s natural buoyancy, gravity’s pull on the body can be reduced while submerged. The body bears only half of its weight when submerged to the chest and about 90 percent when submerged to the neck. This can cushion stiff or painful joints. And yet, water has a natural resistance, forcing patients to use their muscles in gentle, slow, sweeping movements. The aqua therapy setting can be freeing for those struggling to rehabilitate themselves with normal, land-based physical therapy practices. The aim of aquatic therapy is often to create less pressure on areas such as the spine, to reduce swelling, and to decrease overall pain.
GPT Centers of Excellence have a 3-Phase Rehabilitation Program that includes a personalized evaluation and a treatment plan to manage pain, increase general balance, mobility, range of motion and endurance, and integrate you in to a Community Wellness program to progress the benefits you obtained during therapy.