Did you know that certain conditions and injuries are best treated while you are in the water? After an initial evaluation, a licensed physical therapist may design an individualized comprehensive treatment plan for you that may include aquatic therapy. By conducting your care in water that is maintained at therapeutic temperatures, you will have greater control over your movement with less pain as your body is partially supported by the buoyancy of water.
This particular type of therapy is used to treat a variety of medical conditions and diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, strokes, Parkinson's disease, obesity and muscular dystrophy. The use of water allows you to function at levels that are not possible outside of this environment, which affords positive physical gains. The ultimate goal of aquatic therapy is to progress you to a more functional, land-based program.
An aquatic therapy plan of care can help a patient achieve: