Keep Your Mobility Afloat with Aquatic Therapy
If you are recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, aquatic therapy is a great way to speed recovery. If you have mobility or balance issues, water-based exercise can improve range of motion without hurting joints or risking a fall.
Taking an aquatic exercise class has added benefits like making new friends and getting out of the house during the winter months. Plus, it’s safer than trying to log steps on ice and snow.
Why try aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment option for patients with musculoskeletal issues and severe mobility impairments. Research also supports that it can benefit a wide variety of health issues: hip or knee osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, recovery from cancer, post-surgery rehabilitation, and Parkinson’s, polio, and stroke patients. The versatility of aquatic therapy makes it suitable for patients of all ages, abilities, and situations.
Your therapist may recommend aquatic therapy for many reasons:
- improve or sustain gait
- improve muscle strength and endurance
- restore balance, agility, function
- relax and sooth aching muscles and joints
- coordination and flexibility
- body mechanics and posture
The therapeutic benefits of aquatic therapy to rehab an injury or manage a chronic condition include:
- Low-impact exercise and resistance training
- Buoyancy alleviates pressure and weight; you don’t have to support as much of your own body weight
- Allows injured muscles to use muscle memory without impact or bearing weight, decreasing pain and inflammation
- Safe for those who suffer from joint or chronic pain and musculoskeletal issues
- Improves blood flow and circulation to heart, muscles and injured area
- Water pressure helps keep swelling down, good for edema management
- Standing in the water activates core and other muscles
- Immersion lowers blood pressure, so safer for those with hypertension
- Improves balance and coordination
- Plyometric training in the pool speeds recovery for athletes
Generation Care offers unique facilities, services
At Generation Care, you can sign up for a customized aquatic therapy treatment program or participate in a class setting. The Muskegon location offers a special class for breast cancer survivors called Hope Floats and a class for Parkinson’s patients.
Both facilities have special programs and equipment, including:
- A range of pool depths for varying mobility
- Ramps for wheelchair access
- Benches for rest or seated exercises
- Currents for resisted swimming or trunk work
- Jets to help alleviate spot muscle tension
- Plyometric cants for simulated skating
- Underwater parallel bars, treadmills and orthotic tools designed for water
- Aquatic equipment including barbells, balls and noodles
- Highly skilled and trained staff
- Advanced techniques such as the Bad Ragaz Ring method
If you are looking for a new type of physical therapy, consider aquatic therapy and check out Generation Care’s facilities and caring therapists. Generation Care is an official training site for the CAPTCC (Certificate of Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency). Therapists undergo unique training and certification in this specialty area, so you know you are in good hands. Contact Generation Care and schedule a visit or consultation. Aquatic therapy could be the missing link on your road to recovery!