Aquatic Therapy

What is Aquatic Therapy? 

Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy performed in a swimming pool. It uses buoyancy, warmth, and variable resistance of the water to make it possible for patients with acute or chronic pain to exercise seriously weakened muscles. Water is an excellent environment to restore full function regardless of the type of injury. Aquatic therapy is a safe and progressive form of rehabilitation because it takes place in a gravity-neutral environment and removes impact and trauma from weight-bearing joints. Aquatic therapy can be used in coordination with traditional physical therapy or exclusively as therapy treatment. 

Conditions Commonly Treated with Aquatic Therapy

  • Arthritis
  • Joint Replacements
  • General orthopedic injuries 
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Athletic injuries                
  • Spinal Pain
  • Pregnancy                    
  • Face Joint Pain

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Full range of motion aided by buoyancy of the water
  • Reduced pain through increased blood flow to the involved muscles
  • Reduced swelling through increased circulation to the injury site 
  • Improved coordination by slowing body movement using the buoyancy and resistance of the water
  • Improved gait, ambulation, and functional mobility
  • Increased ease of movement and greater ability to relax while performing exercises
  • Additional support and comfort for the body relieving physical stress and increasing potential for a quicker recovery

If you have any questions about this service, please contact the office of Kirsti Griffin, PT, at Cascade Rehabilitation by calling 425-252-4600 or Dave Kalahar, MPT, at Cascade Rehabilitation by calling 360-658-8100.