Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that we are happy to offer at Optimus Health Center. Our Jefferson City physical therapists recognize the positive effect of using water treatments to improve motion and functionality while simultaneously allowing your muscles to relax.
How does aquatic therapy work?
Aquatic therapy is the treatment and rehabilitation, prevention, and wellness in an Aquatic environment. The unique properties of water, the warmth of the water, and its massaging effects allow muscles to relax while helping reduce pain after an injury. The buoyancy of water makes it easy to perform exercises that could be difficult on land base therapy. Warm water reduces pain, water viscosity and the use of adaptive water equipment can help strengthen muscles, trunk stability and stimulates body awareness. To learn more about how our licensed Jefferson City physical therapists can assist you with aquatic therapy treatments, contact Optimus Health Center today!
What are the benefits of aquatic therapy?
The benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Building muscle strength and endurance
- Reducing stress and promoting relaxation
- Enhancing the healing process to decrease recovery time
- Increasing aerobic capacity for better health
- Improving coordination and balance
- Improving flexibility and movement
- Assisting with locomotion and gait
Aquatic therapy may be added to your current physical therapy treatment plan under the discretion of our Jefferson City physical therapist. He or she will assist you in the movements that will best help you find relief.
So, why should I choose aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy at Optimus Health Center is able to provide the following:
- Relaxation. It provides a soothing and relaxing environment for aching muscles and joints.
- Relief. It can help provide relief for many conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, lower back pain, orthopedic injuries, sprains, strains, and tendonitis.
- Buoyancy. Water has a natural buoyancy for flotation and reduces gravity on aching muscles and joints. There is less pain when you exercise in water.
- Hydrostatic pressure. With its hydrostatic pressure, you’re supported and don’t have to fear falling while performing exercises.
- Improved Breathing. The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder during aquatic therapy, which helps you breathe better.
- Resistance. Its natural resistance can be used to increase the rehabilitation process and strengthen muscles.
- Wave propagation/turbulence. Wave propagation and turbulence allow your physical therapist to gently manipulate your body.
Learn more about aquatic therapy sessions today!
If you are in Jefferson City looking for relief and relaxation, aquatic therapy will likely be beneficial to you. Request an appointment with Optimus Health Center today to get started!