Water (Aquatic) Therapy

Progressive exercises in shallow and deep water are performed at varying levels of intensity and duration using specialized equipment. Treatment programs may integrate water and land therapeutic exercises to help achieve land-based rehabilitation goals.

The properties of the water including neutral warmth, buoyancy, reduction of gravity, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity and resistance provide the following benefits:

  • Accelerated recovery

  • Early weight bearing progression

  • Less pressure on joints

  • Maintenance of fitness

  • Increased cardiovascular fitness and endurance

  • Increased strength

  • Postural stabilization

  • Increased range of motion and flexibility

  • Decreased pain, swelling, and muscle spasm

  • Increased circulation

  • Safe place to train balance, coordination, and agility

  • Increased proprioceptive and kinesthetic input

  • Improved body awareness and body mechanics

  • Increased relaxation, positive self image, and positive attitude

Water therapy can be used to treat problems associated with:

  • Poliomyelitis

  • Hemiplegia

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Cerebellar Ataxia

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Parkinson Disease

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental Delay

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Muscle Atrophy

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Amputations

  • Visual/Auditory Impairment

  • Mental Illness

  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

  • Traumatic Head Injury

  • Chronic Pain Disorders

  • Myelopathies

  • Cancer

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Pre and Post Natal

  • Muscle Strains

  • Joint Replacements

  • Low Back Pain

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • COPD

  • Injuries

  • Post Surgery

  • CVA (stroke)

  • Fractures

  • Asthma

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

  • Autism

“Aqua therapy has been a total success for our daughter. Laura is outstanding in not only her ability to maximize the benefits of aqua therapy, but in the ability to make the children feel as if it is fun, not work! In all of the therapies Kendall has received, by far, aqua therapy is one of the most beneficial for her body and mind! I would recommend Laura to all moms who are looking for the ultimate experience for their children with disabilities!”

– Kim, Mother, Stow MA