Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy - Steelcity Physiotherapy & Wellness Centre - Sports Injury - Post Surgical Therapy - Selkirk Manitoba

 

 

Aquatic Therapy is a form of rehabilitation in which a patient is in water performing therapeutic exercise or treatment. It is similar to land-based therapy in the sense that there are clear goals and objectives, a rehabilitation plan and measurable outcomes. Patients work in a vertical position, rarely putting their face or head in the water. Patients don't have to know how to swim to participate and benefit from the program.

Aquatic therapy can be very beneficial as the buoyancy decreases the amount of stress on joints and protects inflamed joints from compressional forces. Unloading weight bearing joints allows clients with chronic conditions to do exercises in the water that they are unable to do on land. The strength gained by exercising in the water transitions to land based strengthening. Patients with arthritis, healing fractures, osteoporosis or are overweight, benefit from the buoyancy of water. Post-operative patients can also begin rehabilitation sooner and do conditioning in water before they are ready for land-based therapy.

The hydrostatic pressure of the water decreases inflammation and edema, enhances peripheral circulation & lymphatic return indirectly through soft tissue compression. Patients with chronic inflammatory conditions (i.e. arthritis) and acute inflammation (i.e. sprains) benefit from the hydrostatic pressure of water. The drag force increases resistance to improve strength while viscosity improves proprioceptive feedback and body awareness and can reduce pain sensitivity.

We are so excited to be able to offer such a unique service in-house in our new clinic.  All programs are designed and overseen by our Certtified Aquatic Therapist.