Aquatic Physical Therapy
Orthosports offers an aquatic exercise unit at our Amherst office, which is maintained near 90 degrees. The AquaFit Underwater Treadmill System is designed to provide hydrotherapy with aerobic exercise, providing a high-resistance, low-impact aerobic workout. Exercise programs are designed for your unique needs. This unit has a treadmill with speeds from 0.3 to 8 mph. Depth adjusts up to 48 inches. You can sit, stand, walk or run. Jets can be used for a soothing back massage or to enhance resistance while exercising.
Reduces the effects of gravity on the body by up to 90%. This allows post surgical or post injury patients to rehabilitate with limited impact on joints and muscles, reducing or eliminating pain.
Equalized pressure exerted on the body while submerged in water. It helps to reduce swelling in lower limbs, improves circulation, and stabilizes joints.
Heated water between 94˚F-96˚F are helpful with relaxing muscles, increasing the range of motion in joints, reducing fatigue, and controlling spasms.
The resistance on the body is increased and is exerted in all directions. With this, muscles not used in land-based therapy are strengthened. Providing a more rounded and affective therapy.
The body is naturally detoxified while being immersed in water.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy carefully integrates therapeutic exercises with the hydrodynamic principles of water and is directed by a licensed physical therapist. The goal is to take advantage of the properties of the water to assist the patient in attaining function sooner, especially with conditions that traditional treatment approaches are not tolerated. The water provides a perfect environment for rehabilitation of the entire body as it reduces or eliminates the effect of gravity.
Water is an excellent medium to provide needed support to the spine and extremities, and can be useful in assisting or resisting movement. A summarized list of benefits includes the following:
- Decreased Weight Bearing
- Decreased Mucscle Spasms
- Decreased Edema
- Decreased Pain
- Increased Range of Motion
Indications for Aquatic Therapy
- Gait Disruption
- Muscle Stiffness
- Muscle Atrophy
- Loss of Range of Motion
- Spinal injury
- Hip Dysplasia
- Weight Control
- Coordination Disorders
- Overall Physical Deterioration
- Post-operative Rehabilitation
- Prevention of Injury
- Retraining Due to Nerve Damage or Deficiencies
- Pain Control
- General Conditioning
- Intensive Conditioning for Sport Dogs
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