At OSI Physical Therapy, our Forest Lake, Somerset and White Bear Lake clinics offer aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is simply physical therapy exercise and intervention completed in an aquatic environment (pool) with the direction of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistance. Aquatic therapy can be utilized to assist in the healing process and rehabilitation progression of a variety of conditions including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiovascular disorders. The unique properties of the water can enhance interventions for patients across the age span and aid in movement, decrease pain and decrease inflammation.
Buoyancy can be described as an upward thrust acting in the opposite direction of gravity. This water property can decrease the amount of pressure and weight bearing on a patient’s joints. Buoyancy can be used to assist in exercise, support a movement, or be a resistance. Many times movement and strengthening exercises feel better when completed in the pool because of water’s buoyancy property.
Hydrostatic pressure is another property of water that is helpful in decreasing inflammation. It is the force exerted on the body by fluid molecules when submerged in water. Hydrostatic pressure can decrease pain and edema which helps improve ROM and tolerance to movement and exercise.
According to the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section of APTA, aquatic therapy interventions are designed to improve or maintain:
- Aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
- Balance, coordination and agility
- Body mechanics and postural stabilization
- Muscle strength, power and endurance
As an aquatic therapy patient at OSI Physical Therapy, you will have an in clinic evaluation then work with our schedule team to set up aquatic therapy appointments. These appointments are 30 minutes in length and are a 1:1 ratio.
After receiving treatment by a PT/PTA for aquatic therapy, it is recommended to continue with your aquatic home program independently. Researching pool options in your community such as community centers, gyms or even local hotels may offer a daily or monthly pass option to use their pool during “public use” hours.
If you have any further questions about aquatic therapy or would like to set up an appointment, please reach out to us at 651-275-4706.
The Magic Of Aquatic Therapy And How It Can Help You