What is "Aquatic Physical Therapy"
- Aquatic Physical Therapy is the evidence-based and skilled practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by a physical therapist, or a physical therapist
assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist.
- The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients of all ages with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and
integumentary diseases,disorders, or conditions
- Aquatic Physical Therapy interventions are designed to improve:
- aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
- balance, coordination, and agility
- body mechanics and postural stability
- gait and locomotion
- muscle strength, power, and endurance
What is the difference between "aquatic physical therapy" and "aquatic exercise"
- Aquatic Physical Therapy requires the "skilled service" of a PT and/or PTA which may include:
- The clinical reasoning and decision making skills of a PT/PTA
- The patient has impairments and/or disabilities which can be minimized or eliminated with aquatic physical therapy; and
- The patient has potential to maximize functional goals/outcomes to improve quality of life
- Aquatic Exercise is the utilization of water for the implementation of quality of life, fitness-related or general health-related goals; can be delivered in a group
setting that includes multiple clients and diagnoses; can be delivered by anyone; and has no accompanying paperwork, insurance involvement,or written follow-up information required.
Aquatic Physical Therapy is ideal to treat:
Pre/postpartum patients with low back pain
Injuries requiring partial weight bearing
Orthopedic injuries/surgeries including total joint replacements