Just Keep Swimming-By Charles Alexander, DPT, PT
by ksumner, April 27, 2020
Just Keep Swimming
We offer aquatic therapy here at Burch Physical Therapy to help facilitate patient needs. When considering aquatic therapy there are some things to consider.
Aquatic therapy is the use of water and the properties of water at different depths to help with various functional goals that can include
- Joint mobilization
- Gait training
Water in itself has unique properties that enables therapists to help achieve these goals. These properties include: water buoyancy which is the upward force that works against gravity and helps unload joints, hydrostatic pressure which is the pressure exerted on the immersed object (can help with swelling and venous return), water viscosity which creates resistance in all planes of movement, and surface tension which can add additional resistance.
Not everyone however is appropriate for aquatic therapy. Certain medical conditions would not be appropriate to participate in aquatic therapy including: unstable angina, severe peripheral vascular disease, severe kidney disease, having open wounds, bowel or bladder issues, colostomy, or skin infections.
The ultimate goal with aquatic therapy is to return to full weight bearing activities without the reliance on the properties of water. Therefore, it is our goal to get you out of the pool and able to participate in the activities you want to get back to.
If you are interested in aquatic therapy do not hesitate to ask or call (530) 226-9242. You do not need a referral from your doctor.
- Wong, Michael PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT. Aquatic Therapeutic exercises. Instr Course