Aquatic PT is the evidence-based and skilled practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by a physical therapist or by a physical therapist assistant who is under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Aquatic PT includes, but is not limited to, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness, and fitness of patient/client populations in an aquatic environment with or without the use of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, or supportive devices and equipment.
The buoyancy, support, accommodating resistance and other unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients/clients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary diseases, disorders, or conditions.
Why do Aquatic PT?
Aquatic physical therapy interventions are designed to improve or maintain:
· Aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
· Balance, coordination, and agility
· Body mechanics and postural stabilization
· Gait and locomotion
· Muscle strength, power, and endurance
Common conditions treated with Aquatic PT:
· Chronic neck and back pain
· Osteo/Rheumatoid arthritis
· Partial/total joint replacements
· Deconditioning syndrome
· Poor balance and coordination
· Poor body mechanics and postural awareness
· Poor flexibility and generalized stiffness
· Gait disorders
· Generalized weakness
Why come to RPT for Aquatic Physical Therapy?
Because our highly experienced physical therapists are skilled in treating a variety of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders utilizing evidence-based treatment interventions in an aquatic-based environment.
The treatment sessions are about 30-45 minutes long. Each person needs to bring his/her own bathing suit, towel, and drinking water bottle. Individuals with contagious skin lesions, open wounds, or have urinary/colostomy bags are not allowed in the pool.
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