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 regular 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. Also, the viscosity of water and aqua therapy allows a patient enough resistance to strengthen the muscle.
Aqua rehabilitation reduces the amount of stress placed on joints, so it is uniquely well suited for patients who are in pain and are weakened due to an injury or disability. Decreased joint weight enables patients to exercise more efficiently 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.