Aquatic Pool Therapy
“Aquatic Physical Therapy is the scientific practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by physical therapists and physical therapists assistants.
Aquatic Physical Therapy includes but is not limited to treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness and fitness of patient/client populations in an aquatic environment. The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance treatments for patients/clients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) diseases, disorders, or conditions.”
Aquatic physical therapy in connection with our clinic occurs at the St. Johnsbury field house pool under the supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
It is used in collaboration with your clinic physical therapy treatment plan to provide a unique strengthening, flexibility, range of motion and conditioning program that is different from one you would get in a gym on a land environment.
The aspects of a pool program provide your body with unique support and resistance due to the properties of water.
Water submersion greatly minimizes the forces of gravity, reducing stress on our joints and soft tissues. Pain can be well managed, and sometimes completely eliminated when entering an aquatic environment. Water submersion improves ones tolerance to movement and exercise, that may not be tolerated on land. Aquatics works well for any patient that is overweight, suffering from severe or acute pain, arthritic, fibromyalgia or muscle pain problems, or struggling with weight bearing activities (i.e., pain with walking, running or standing).
Once your physical therapy goals have been met a customize pool program can be provided to you by your therapist for long-term use.