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What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic Therapy, also known as Pool Therapy, is a personalized rehabilitation program that uses the properties of water to achieve therapeutic results. Aquatic Therapy is for all ages, diagnoses, and conditions.

Physical therapists are trained and certified in pool therapy. National Physical Therapy in Hanover, Stoughton and Fall River, MA utilize both deep and shall water effects of buoyancy to provide offloading pressure on joints that are degenerative from arthritis. The offloading of joint pressure allows the individual to continue to exercise and build the much-needed strength around the joint to provide stability to further halt the disuse and atrophy from the degenerative process.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy:

  • Water limits joint impact and enhances joint stability
  • Faster progress with less pain and more stamina
  • Hydrostatic pressure decreases edema and swelling
  • Improves circulation, balance, and proprioception training
  • Targets specific muscle groups and adds a unique variety to land-based regimens

What if I can’t swim well?

Pool Therapy is performed at waist or shoulder depth water. The individual is able to stand in the water can complete almost all of the necessary exercises. Floatation devices are also used to support joints and provide a safety element while in the water. Therapists will often treat patients in the water or out on deck depending on the need for assistance. Read more