What is it? Aquatic therapy is performed by licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who will provide each patient’s treatments in a safe aquatic environment with the end goal of transitioning the individual back to their land-based functional activities.
Benefits? In water, the pull of gravity on the body is not as strong as on land making motion and functional activity more comfortable. Water supports the body, reduces joint stress, and provides resistance and assistance to movement. Patients can improve mobility, strength, and function rapidly during the healing process.
More benefits include:
- Increased range of motion
- Improved muscle strength and tone
- Increased cardiovascular function
- Reduced stress
- Decreased swelling
- Increased circulation
- Increased strength and endurance
- Increased balance and coordination
Will it help me return to my sport? Yes. Aquatic therapy is becoming an increasingly common treatment for sports-related injuries. This is because it is a great option for individuals whose rehabilitative needs may not be properly or safely addressed by land therapy. In addition to the benefits listed above, hydrotherapy may even allow the therapist to implement exercise protocols sooner in the water than on land, thus allowing you to continue training/conditioning during recovery and achieve faster recovery times.
Looking ahead at Agape… Coming in December of 2018, Agape Therapy will be debuting a second Cedar Falls location, “Agape Performance.” This south location will include a pool! The pool will be open for aquatic therapy, daily passes, and personal training. Users will be able to enjoy access to an underwater treadmill and water current swimming. Keep this information in mind as December approaches!