Pool therapy. Aquatic therapy combines the advantages of buoyancy from being in the water with standard physical therapy principles used on "dry land." water also gives the additional benefit of providing a graduated resistance to movement, whereby the more force applied to move through the water, the more resistance felt by the patient doing the moving.
Water-based exercise. Aqua therapy is an exercise program performed in water. There are many benefits of aqua therapy - buoyancy of the water helps to decrease the weight bearing stresses to the joints. This may benefit patients with arthritis, recovering from an injury such as fracture or muscle strain, or patients who are overweight. Exercises can also use the water resistance for muscle strengthening.
Used water or a pool. Physical therapy that uses water or a pool is called aquatic therapy. The use of water provides buoyancy which takes the stresses of weightbearing off of the joints. The water makes it easier to perform certain exercises and increase motion and strength without increasing the weight bearing on the joint. Read more...