Aquatic Therapy by Calvert Physical Therapy and Sports Fitness Center
Who benefits from Aquatic Therapy?
||Training and rehabilitation in the weight-reduced environment of water
Aquatic Therapy is an aspect of Physical Therapy that requires special training to provide services in an aquatic atmosphere.
How is Aquatic Therapy helpful?
Research shows that:
- Water promotes relaxation and safe, movement of swollen and arthritic joints.
- Exercise in water reduces compression forced on joints.
- The hydrostatic pressure of water helps control swelling.
- Aquatic exercise is tolerated earlier post-surgically and facilitating return to work, sports or recreational activities.
- Training in the upright position is functional for most activities.
- The turbulence of water promotes core stabilization and enhances balance training.
- Water provides resistance in any direction of movement for muscle strengthening.
People who have difficulty with traditional exercise programs:
- Spinal patients- when being upright is painful. For “core” stabilization, reduced weight bearing and pain control.
- After joint surgery – to get back on your feet. For early weight bearing, edema control, range of motion, and strengthening.
- Individuals with Osteoarthritis – exercise without pain. For strengthening, balance training, and pain relief.
- Elderly with osteoporosis – safe, weight-free environment for exercise. For balance and gait training, general strengthening and conditioning.
- Expectant moms – reduce the weight demand. For general conditioning in a weight reduced environment.
- Athletes – get back on the field quickly and safely. For early exercise after injuries and to minimize lost time from the field.
What can you expect from Calvert Physical Therapy & Sports Fitness Aquatic Therapy program?
- Your doctor or therapist may refer you to one of our aquatic therapists.
- Our aquatic therapists will communicate with the referring doctor or therapist.
- Your first visit will be an evaluation to get your medical history, determine your functional deficits, discuss your plan of care, establish goals, and to make sure you are an appropriate candidate for aquatic therapy. You will get into the water on your second visit.
- Your therapist who provides aquatic therapy will evaluate your condition and develop and aquatic and land exercise program.
- Your aquatic therapy/ exercise program will last approximately 45 minutes per session.
- On average we see aquatic therapy patients for 12 visits.
What should I wear for Aquatic Therapy?
- Bring a towel
- No street shoes are allowed in the pool deck area
- Cut-offs and gym shorts are not permitted. You MUST wear a swimsuit or swim trunks.
- If you would like to wear a shirt it must be a “swim shirt”
Where is our Aquatic Therapy offered?
At Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center
130 Auto Drive in Prince Frederick, MD