What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

What is aquatic therapy? Pictured is a patient undergoing Aquatic Physical Therapy with the AquaCiser at Carolina PT.

The AquaCiser®: Elevating Aquatic Physical Therapy at Carolina PT

In the world of physical therapy, we are always learning new ways to provide relief and regain strength. One approach gaining traction in recent years is aquatic therapy. This type of therapy combines the therapeutic benefits of water with expert guidance from trained professionals.  It has quickly become a valuable tool in rehabilitation for patients of all ages! If you’re seeking aquatic therapy services, look no further than Carolina Physical Therapy. With clinics in Forest Acres, Northeast, Lexington, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant North, Carolina PT is at the forefront of water therapy treatment in South Carolina.

Aquatic therapy is growing in popularity, and there’s a good reason for that.

Below, we will explore the many benefits of aquatic therapy and why Carolina Physical Therapy should be your go-to choice for this treatment.

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy, also known as water therapy or hydrotherapy, involves performing exercises and movements in a heated pool under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The warm water provides a buoyant and low-impact environment, making it ideal for individuals recovering from injuries, surgeries, or individuals dealing with chronic pain.

What are the benefits? 

  1. Low-Impact, High-Resistance: One of the primary advantages of water therapy is its gentle impact on joints. Water buoyancy eases movement, reducing strain on muscles and joints by lessening gravitational forces on your body. This is especially beneficial for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia, or orthopedic injuries.
  2. Pain Reduction: Warm water therapy helps relax muscles, alleviate tension, and increase blood circulation. This can result in reduced pain and improved mobility, making it an effective treatment option for those dealing with chronic pain conditions like back pain or arthritis.
  3. Improved Range of Motion: Aquatic therapy can enhance joint flexibility and range of motion. Water resistance aids muscle strengthening and flexibility, particularly beneficial for post-op patients and those with limited mobility.
  4. Enhanced Balance and Coordination: Aquatic therapy has proven to be beneficial for patients recovering from injuries or surgeries that affect their balance and coordination. The water’s support allows patients to focus on regaining their balance and building stability.
  5. Reduced Swelling and Inflammation: Immersion in warm water can help reduce swelling and inflammation, aiding in the recovery process.
  6. Stress Relief: Beyond the physical benefits, water therapy offers mental relaxation. The soothing properties of warm water can help reduce stress and anxiety, contributing to an overall sense of well-being.

What is aquatic therapy? Pictured is a patient undergoing Aquatic Physical Therapy with the AquaCiser at Carolina PT.Ready to try for yourself?

Carolina PT proudly uses the AquaCiser®, which combines the therapeutic benefits of warm water with precision engineering. This offers a unique and highly effective approach to recovery and physical conditioning. The AquaCiser® offers adjustable water resistance and ergonomic design for versatile, targeted exercises, enhancing recovery, range of motion, and strength. Its user-friendly interface and adaptability make it an invaluable tool in the hands of our skilled physical therapists, enhancing the quality of care and outcomes for individuals seeking aquatic therapy. Click here to see a video of the AquaCiser® in action! 

If you’re in search of top-notch aquatic therapy services in South Carolina, look no further than Carolina Physical Therapy. With locations in Forest Acres, Northeast, Lexington, North Charleston, and Mt Pleasant North, we offer convenient access to this transformative form of rehabilitation. Our experienced physical therapists work closely with each patient, tailoring aquatic therapy programs to individual needs, and ensuring the best possible outcome. Click the button below to schedule your appointment.