Aquatic therapy (or pool therapy) is used as a treatment modality in the rehabilitation process. It is physical therapy that is performed in the water using buoyant Styrofoam weights along with other exercises. Some pools even have a underwater treadmill.
For a stroke survivor, aquatic therapy is especially helpful as the water removes the limitations of gravity, providing the ability to do more in the pool than on land and ultimately achieving therapeutic goals quicker. Pool activities include: stretches and strengthening, balance and coordination, walking and aerobics.
Individuals with a variety of disabilities and orthopedic conditions can participate in aquatic therapy. Those with back problems, knee injuries, ankle injuries, strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, and those who have orthopedic surgeries are just a few of the individuals who may benefit from aquatic therapy.
These procedures require constant attendance of a therapist educated in performing aquatic therapeutic exercises.
Aquatic therapy is not suitable for everyone. Always discuss with your personal physician before beginning an aquatic program