Now Offering: Aquatic Physical Therapy
We are happy to announce that here at Sterling King we are now able to share the benefits of aquatic physical therapy with our valued clients!
Aquatic physical therapy uses the following water properties to heal you:
These factors combined with your usual therapy techniques yield surprising results. While aqua therapy may be new to you, much like acupuncture, it has a lot of history backing it up. From the hot springs of Ancient Greece and Rome, to the thermal waters used by Swiss monks and to the iconic Japanese hot springs, water therapy has been used all over the world for thousands of years.
Why Aquatic Physical Therapy?
Aqua therapy can improve your flexibility, balance and coordination while building muscle strength and endurance, and assisting with gait and motion. Warm water is used to create an environment that relaxes and soothes aching joints and muscles.
Buoyancy also reduces the pressure on joints and muscles by reducing the effects of gravity while exercising.
If you have balance issues, the hydrostatic pressure of the pool stabilizes so that you can perform exercises without fear of falling, and through wave propagation, therapists can easily manipulate the client through assigned exercises.
Through this process, respiratory muscles are forced to work harder, resulting in natural strengthening that continues to be beneficial long after you leave the pool.
Is it Applicable to My Condition?
Aquatic physical therapy is applicable to a lengthy list of conditions, and can be recommended to clients of all ages. It is easy for therapists to take age into account when creating a water therapy program.
Conditions for which water therapy may be recommended to you include arthritis, autism, lower back pain, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke and more. It is especially helpful to those suffering from balance disorders or idiopathic joint pain who will have difficulty following through on physical therapy exercises without the assistance of water.
When is Aquatic Therapy not Applicable?
With the long list of ailments aquatic therapy can assist with, it’s important to be aware that there are conditions that are not suited to this type of therapy.
If you suffer from open wounds, incontinence or seizures, this treatment is not for you. Any symptoms that will put you off balance, or injuries that could cause contamination are not recommended for aquatic treatment.
Aquatic Therapy for All-Around Fitness
Aquatic therapy sessions are divided into four segments:
- Fitness and strength training
- Core training
- Cool down
The strength you build through jogging, walking, plyometrics and core training will work towards your therapy and generally keep your fitness levels up.
Many clients are shocked at how much easier exercise is when practiced in the water and who doesn’t love to escape the summer heat from time to time and get into a pool?
We are so pleased to offer aquatic therapy to our clients. It’s just one more way that we can give you the best help possible at our clinic!