Aquatic therapy is one of the oldest and most effective treatments for physical therapy. Buoyancy decreases weight bearing and lessens impact on joints. Warm water helps alleviate pain.
What is Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is also known as water therapy, pool therapy or hydrotherapy. It is a form of physical therapy performed in warm water.
Goals and benefits:
- Improved cardiopulmonary fitness
- Quicker recovery after surgery
- Improved mobility and muscle strength
- Better posture
- Improved gait
- Decreased pain
- Improved muscle tone
- Enhanced flexibility
- Improved balance, reaction time and safety while moving around
Aquatic therapy helps with:
- Advanced osteoporosis
- Obesity and recovery from weight loss surgery
- Spine surgery recovery
- Low back dysfunction
- Post bariatric surgery
- Post joint replacement surgery
- Chronic pain
- Prenatal and postpartum ailments
- Muscle strains
- Ligament sprains
- Sports injuries
How to Get Started with Aquatic Therapy
Your physician must provide a referral to physical therapy. A physical therapist completes an evaluation in the office and determines your treatment plan. Your personalized plan may include aquatic therapy.
Aquatic therapy locations:
Severna Park Community Center
623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Severna Park, MD 21146
Kids First Swim School
6836 A-B Racetrack Rd.
Bowie, MD 20715
“I was barely able to move my neck and was unable to function at my job. I haven’t felt this good in years. The staff are amazing and the techs are a lot of fun to work with. I will miss my sessions, but I’m cured!”
“Starting with almost no movement and a lot of pain, OT has restored my strength and flexibility in my hand. The staff was empathetic, efficient and made a somewhat tedious task fun. I am very happy with the outcome and am able to do my daily activities with relative ease.”
“It was a very educational experience and helpful to my recovery. The staff are knowledgeable and know what to do. The homework stretches and exercises were helpful now and will be in the future.”
“I have been taken under the wings of a great team of people helping me with my lymphedema. I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received. This is an excellent place to get the proper care and attention needed to improve.”