Aquatic Physiotherapy in Riverside

Aquatic therapy uses a therapeutic pool to enhance certain physical therapy techniques for clients who have difficulty attaining their goals in a classic clinical setting.

From free-flowing aquatic dance therapy to resistance training through breath, aquatic physical therapy can address a number of chronic pains and injuries to help you even when you're back on dry land.

Aqua Running

When you think about aquatic physical therapy, aquatic fitness may have come to mind. However, the two are quite different.

Aquatic exercise requires no supervision by a trained professional, while aqua therapy is a specialized medicinal and rehabilitation technique, which does require professional supervision. However, aqua therapy may include similar exercises for our clients.

Deep-water running or aqua jogging uses a flotation belt to support the upper body, preserving biomechanics to your lower body. Running can be practiced with or without an underwater treadmill and is specifically helpful for recovering athletes requiring a low impact workout.

Overweight or obese clients can also benefit from pool therapy. With the buoyancy of water, less pressure is put on joints and since water is denser than air, more calories are burned in a shorter amount of time.

Ai Chi Breath Therapy

Ai Chi therapy, created in 1993 by Jun Konno, combines eastern and western beliefs in the practice of resistance training.

It is a practice that assists in fall prevention for the elderly, stabilizing breath and balance by working on the alignment of the body. Clients stand shoulder-deep in water, and proceed with breathing exercises in a meditative state.

Bad Ragaz Ring Method

The Bad Ragaz Ring Method was developed by physiotherapists in Switzerland, and is an exercise which develops strength and mobility.

A ring-shaped flotation device is used as the client moves across the surface of the water, lying supine in waist or shoulder-deep.

This practice is used for clients suffering from conditions that present chronic pain such as arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

Burdenko Water Exercise

Burdenko exercise helps to improve balance, coordination, endurance, flexibility and strength. It is most often used in conjunction with sports injuries.

The Burdenko technique has three progressive levels that encourage evolution to practicing the therapy on land.

Halliwick Therapy

The Halliwick concept focuses on balance and core stability and was developed to help physically disabled young people. It is practiced in the form of a ten-point program:

  1. Mental adjustment
  2. Sagittal rotation control
  3. Transversal rotational control
  4. Longitudinal rotation control
  5. Combined rotation control
  6. Upthrust or mental inversion
  7. Balance in stillness
  8. Turbulent gliding
  9. Simple progression
  10. Basic Halliwick movement

The will and energy for independence is at the core of this technique.

Watsu Aquatic Bodywork

While other therapies focus on specific targets and goals, Watsu takes you to a different spectrum with freedom and celebration. It is the most fun of the techniques offered in aqua therapy and can be compared to dance.

Free-form and flow combined with guided therapy engages and relaxes. Relaxation can take you to a deep neuromuscular state of calm, assisting with afflictions that cause muscle spasms, heightened heart rate and mental distress.