According to the CDC, over 3 million senior adults in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries each year. Of that figure, one in five seniors will have a serious injury resulting in increased health problems later on. One of the most common ways to reduce fall risk as well as promote recovery after a fall or injury is improving gait and balance. This can be done with therapeutic exercise and strength training; however, for many seniors, exercises can be a stress on joints and muscle fibers.
Aquatic therapy is one form of therapeutic exercise that doesn’t place added stress on the body and offers many benefits for seniors and people of all ages who have suffered an injury or need to improve their strength and mobility.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is a form of physical therapy treatment that takes place in the water. Aquatic therapy is typically used in conjunction with a short-term rehabilitation or outpatient therapy program to help patients regain strength and mobility. Many aquatic therapy pools range in size and typically have a water temperature of 91 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Aquatic therapy services are usually offered at outpatient rehabilitation centers or other clinical settings.
At Concordia Outpatient Physical Therapy in Cabot, Pennsylvania, our state-of-the-art warm water therapy pool not only has an adjustable floor to allow for easy accessibility and control of water depth, but also has comprehensive equipment including leveled rails and water jets so that patients can easily see progress during their rehabilitation program.
Aquatic Therapy Benefits
Aquatic therapy can assist in treating and improving many different conditions including:
In addition to the conditions listed above, aquatic therapy can also improve balance, mobility, promote strength prior to surgery, and aid a patient’s recovery post-surgery. Aquatic therapy has also been shown to be highly effective in treating patients with osteoarthritis who may have difficulty carrying-out daily activities.
Is Aquatic Therapy Right For Me?
Whether you’re looking to add some aquatic exercises to your fitness routine, or you need some extra help bouncing back from an injury, aquatic therapy might be a great option for you. While aquatic therapy is beneficial for many patients, it is best to consult with your doctor or physical therapist to determine if aquatic therapy could help you reach your rehabilitation goals.
In addition to offering comprehensive aquatic therapy services, Concordia Outpatient Physical Therapy is the only outpatient therapy center in the Butler area to offer a HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool. To schedule an appointment with one of our expert therapists, please call 724-352-4535 or visit the Concordia at Cabot Outpatient Physical Therapy page of our website to learn more about our health care services.
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