If you’ve never heard of aquatic therapy before and assume it’s just a workout in the pool, then you should read on to learn more about what it really is. And, if you’re interested in aquatic therapy in Towson MD, Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center offers this type of treatment.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is the act of utilizing the water and its properties to aid in healing a person’s injury in a comfortable way. During a session, the person will complete the same exercises they would on land, in water. Buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure are the key factors in the aquatic environment that help during the rehabilitation process.
Buoyancy lifts you up in the water, therefore, taking pressure and stress off your joints. If you’re experiencing pain while walking, when you get into the water, it’ll relieve it.
Resistance in the water pushes against you which acts as a natural form of strengthening your muscles. This is great for those who cannot lift weights but want to regain strength throughout their body at a comfortable pace.
Hydrostatic pressure helps with swelling. If you ever dove deep into the ocean or pool and your ears felt uncomfortable, you can blame it on hydrostatic pressure. Essentially, it is the pressure of water against your body. It decreases swelling because it makes your body aware that there’s immense pressure at your feet and in return, your kidneys fix their hormone levels to balance the fluid in your body.
Who Can Benefit From Aquatic Therapy?
Those who have arthritis, total hip, knee, or joint replacements, fibromyalgia, spinal injuries, balance problems, or general deconditioning and weakness can all benefit from aquatic therapy. The warm water and the way buoyancy counteracts gravity are great for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and spinal injuries. Those with balance problems and weakness will benefit from the hydrostatic pressure.
Looking for Aquatic Therapy in Towson MD?
Consider Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center! Our goal is to create a unique treatment plan for you to reduce your pain so you can get back to your normal routines. We also offer chiropractic care and physical therapy. For more information or to book an appointment, contact us! Dr. Neil Cohen has over 35 years of experience successfully treating thousands of patients via aquatic therapy.