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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other aquatic environment under the supervision of a trained physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. It may be used as a stand alone treatment, or as a transition to a land-based therapy program, based upon a person's condition.

Aquatic therapy is available in Massena.

Ways that water’s natural properties create an ideal therapeutic environment include:

  • Warm water provides a relaxing and soothing environment for aching joints and muscles. We keep the pool 94* for this reason.
  • Water’s natural viscosity or resistance can be used for muscle strengthening and increasing rehabilitation progressions.
  • Buoyancy allows for flotation and reduces the effects of gravity on injured or aching joints and muscles.
  • Hydrostatic pressure supports and stabilizes the client, allowing people with balance deficits to perform exercises without a fear of falling, decreasing pain, and improving cardiovascular return.
  • Turbulence and wave propagation let the therapist gently manipulate the client through the desired exercises.
  • The respiratory muscles are forced to work harder in the water, allowing for a natural strengthening that benefits the client long after the therapy session has ended.

Water therapy may be helpful for clients suffering from the following conditions:

  • Arthroscopic surgery recovery
  • Balance disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Idiopathic joint pain
  • Joint reconstruction surgery recovery
  • Joint replacement surgery recovery
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stroke
  • Tendonitis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury