If you’ve ever seen a specialist in orthopedics, then you might already
be familiar with the basics of
rehabilitation, which typically include physical therapy and occupational therapy. But
did you know that not all rehab therapies take place on dry land? There
are many benefits of aquatic rehabilitation, which is why Palms West Hospital
is pleased to offer it to our patients.
Aquatic rehab therapy is appropriate for a wide range of medical conditions,
especially neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Patients with
chronic problems such as arthritis and fibromyalgia can find relief by performing specialized exercises in
a heated pool, as can those who are recovering from sports injuries or
from surgery. Those with balance disorders, back pain, and spinal injuries
might be referred to an aquatic therapy program. However, certain patients
might not be good candidates for aquatic rehabilitation, including those
with incontinence, non-healing ulcers or open wounds, chlorine allergies,
and seizure disorders.
During an aquatic therapy session, patients perform a series of customized
stretches and exercises while in the water. Patients may find that they
gradually improve their muscle tone and strength, increase their range
of motion, and develop better balance. These functional improvements translate
to improved quality of life and ease of completing everyday activities.
The functional improvements associated with aquatic rehab can also be achieved
with land-based therapy, but aquatic therapy offers unique benefits. Because
of the buoyancy of the water, there is less stress exerted on the joints.
This means that exercises that would have been too painful on land may
be possible in the water. Aquatic rehab is particularly beneficial for
patients with balance impairment. Since the water slows down bodily movements,
patients can complete exercises without the fear of falling and sustaining
The unique outpatient aquatic rehabilitation center at
Palms West Hospital sets our medical services apart from others in the area. Our rehab center
in Loxahatchee, FL, features a spacious, heated pool with an automated
lift and programs designed specifically for the needs of patients with
fibromyalgia and spinal trauma. You can connect with one of our registered
nurses around the clock by calling (561) 345-7009.