People who cannot tolerate traditional exercise programs find the water to be the perfect medium for exercise and for promoting pain relief because it is buoyant. The therapeutic benefits include decreased weight bearing so that compression of the joints is minimized. In the pool there is an increased ability to perform functional movements and of course there is a decreased fear of falling. Working in the water strengthens weak muscles and can be used for balance training and postural awareness. Endurance improves as well.
Aquatic therapy decreases pain and swelling which results in increased range of motion. There is increased venous return and improved circulation. This all facilitates cardiovascular gains. With all of these benefits it is no wonder that our aquatic programs are especially popular.