Aquatic therapy (sometimes called warm water therapy) is an effective and gentle way to treat physical disabilities, orthopaedic conditions and certain chronic illnesses. It can also be an important part of your recovery from surgery or a sports-related injury.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Water’s unique physical properties create a great environment for therapy:
- The massaging effect of warm water helps relax your muscles and reduce pain
- Water’s natural buoyancy lessens the effects of your body weight on your joints
- Water resistance improves your balance, strength and posture
Aquatic therapy can be especially helpful after surgery, when you need to be careful about how much weight is placed on the surgical site and when the pain of therapy on land would be too intense.
Other benefits include:
- Reduced swelling
- Increased range of motion
- Better circulation
- Cardiovascular conditioning
Conditions Aquatic Therapy Can Treat
Aquatic therapy may be ideal for you if you have:
- A musculoskeletal disorder
- Chronic pain
- After-effects from stroke, spinal cord or brain injury
- A sports-related injury
- Surgery that requires therapy to recovery
Evaluation and Treatment
Our experts at Spartanburg Regional will evaluate you to determine your specific needs.
The evaluation is performed on land by a physical therapist. Your therapist will design a treatment plan to produce the best results for you. Aquatic therapy may be an on-going solution or you may begin in the pool and transition to therapy on land. Either way, we can help.
Spartanburg Regional Rehabilitation Services offers aquatic therapy at the Spartanburg Thomas E Hannah YMCA. One of our licensed physical therapists works with you in the pool for your entire session.
We’ve taken all the necessary steps to ensure effective and safe sessions. Our pools are equipped to allow your therapist to control the water temperature and resistance. This makes it easy to customize your care plan. We also offer a hydraulic chair lift for your safety and ease of entry into the pool.
Talk to your doctor about a referral to physical therapy. With the referral, we can schedule you for an evaluation right away and together take the first steps towards improvement or recovery.