Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aquatic physical therapy provides pain relief for those with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders. Water supports your body weight so you can exercise without stress on your joints. Those that find weight-bearing exercise on land difficult do well with aquatic therapy.

What Conditions Benefit from Aquatic Physical Therapy?

As the benefits are wide-ranging, so are the conditions that benefit from aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy often combines with a comprehensive physical therapy recovery plan. At The Therapy Network, aquatic therapy is combined with traditional therapy methods to treat the following conditions:

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The Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy

One often thinks of aquatic therapy as a method to increase the range of motion and relieve pain, but the treatment has many positive benefits. Here are some of the top 5 benefits:

  • It lowers blood pressure for those diagnosed with hypertension.
  • Aquatic therapy improves conditioning and cardiovascular fitness.
  • The resistance of water builds strength while minimizing impact.
  • The treatment strengthens and stabilizes core muscles and the lower back.
  • Aquatic therapy improves flexibility.

With all of the benefits, many patients continue with water aerobics after their physical therapy recovery plan ends.

Post-Surgery Recovery with Aquatic Physical Therapy

If you are recovering from surgery, your therapy specialist may suggest aquatic therapy. For example, the treatment fits a plan for post-op knee or hip replacement surgery.

Patients can also use aquatic therapy as pre-surgery therapy. Those that participate in a pre-op physical therapy plan are released from the hospital sooner, recover from surgery faster and can return to work and play.

Contact The Therapy Network for a consultation if you just learned that you will have surgery shortly.

Aquatic Physical Therapy at The Therapy Network

During your first appointment, your therapy specialist will review your medical history and evaluate your current condition, pain level, and needs. They will then create a comprehensive recovery plan that may include aquatic therapy.

The Therapy Network has six locations in the Tidewater region of Virginia. If you live in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or Chesapeake, Virginia, there is a location near your neighborhood.

In Virginia, you do not need a physician’s referral to visit The Therapy Network or to begin a therapy program. We believe in timely service to our patients. Appointments are available today.


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