Aqua Therapy takes advantage of the physical properties of water, especially buoyancy. When submerged in water, buoyancy supports a patients’ weight, which facilitates exercise without the compressive loading forces present with routine land-based programs.
Benefits of aqua therapy include a patient’s ability to reduce joint and soft-tissue swelling from the natural pressure of water. In addition, the viscosity of water and aqua therapy allow a patient enough resistance to strengthen muscle.
Aqua rehabilitation reduces the amount of stress placed on joints so it is especially well suited for patients who are in pain and are weakened due to an injury or disability. The decreased joint stress enables patients to exercise more easily and with less pain.
Research has shown that when combining aqua therapy and land –based therapy, the patient’s flexibility and self reported functional outcomes were improved when compared to traditional land based treatment alone.