A relatively new form of physical therapy, aquatic therapy is an effective, non-invasive therapeutic approach to patients who are suffering from physical disabilities. Aquatic physical therapy has many advantages that lead to a patient’s achievement of personal goals and accomplishment of his activities of daily living or ADLs. Here are the five benefits of aquatic physical therapy for persons with disabilities:
Enhances Range of Motion
People with disabilities often have limited range of motion (ROM), which affects normal functioning during their daily lives. In line with this, aquatic physical therapy aims to improve the range of motion through passive or active ROM exercises. With improved range of motions, people with disabilities will be able to accomplish more of his ADLs and thus, feel a sense of personal development and achievement.
Improves the Inner You
Aquatic physical therapy is not only focused on enhancing the range of motion of your limbs and maintaining the muscle tone of your trunk. Aquatic therapy can also improve the circulation of blood in your body, allowing your body cells to get the right amount of nutrients from the blood, which they need for cellular repair and maintenance. Also, studies show that aquatic therapy helps normalize a patient’s vital signs, particularly his blood pressure and heart rate. This helps prevent hypertension, tachycardia, bradycardia and other health conditions. In addition, digestive processes are improved as a result of aquatic therapy.
Perform More Dynamic Exercises
Because of the buoyancy and other properties of water, the safe environment of aquatic therapy allows you to perform varied exercises. Having a dynamic exercise plan is important for people with disabilities because it augments motivation to patients in accomplishing their goals and continuing with the long-term therapy. Various training goals and activities like weight training, massaging, stretching and cardiovascular exercises can be incorporated in aquatic physical therapy.
Enjoy Challenging Workouts
Swimming or even just soaking one’s body in a pool is no doubt an enjoyable experience. People with disabilities who will start aquatic therapy will be able to enjoy their therapy sessions because they are combined with the leisure of being in a swimming pool. In addition, the physical therapist will constantly evaluate a patient with disability in terms of his needs and goals in order to achieve better functioning in his daily life. This evaluation includes changing exercise plans so that the patient can look forward to the next therapy sessions. With this said, aquatic physical therapy is dubbed as one of the best, most enjoyable recreational therapies we have today.
Aids the Therapist during Session
Unlike other forms of physical therapy, aquatic physical therapy helps the therapist manipulate and move the patient’s body much easier and more effectively. This is primarily because the therapy is done in the water. This means that the therapist will be able to perform at his best. In addition, the aquatic therapy will be shorter compared to other physical therapies because the patient goals are more likely to be achieved faster and with greater ease.