Making Waves: Exploring the Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy

In the realm of physical therapy, there's a therapeutic approach that's making quite a splash: Aquatic Physical Therapy. Utilizing the unique properties of water, this innovative form of treatment offers a plethora of benefits that set it apart from traditional physical therapy methods. We have two expert physical therapists (Lisa Swan and Sara Carpenter) that offer aquatic therapy to our Foothills patients. We are excited to partner with the Idaho Central Aquatic Center to be able to offer this service to our patients and improve their rehabilitation journey.

Let's dive in and explore what aquatic therapy is, its numerous advantages, and why it might be the perfect choice for your rehabilitation journey.


What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Aquatic Physical Therapy involves performing exercises and movements in a warm pool under the guidance of a expert physical therapist. The warm water provides a supportive and buoyant environment, reducing the impact on joints and muscles while allowing for a wide range of motion.


The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  1. Low Impact, High Reward: The buoyancy of water reduces the stress on weight-bearing joints, making exercises more comfortable for individuals with conditions such as arthritis or joint pain.

  2. Improved Range of Motion: Water's natural resistance facilitates movements that might be challenging on land, helping to enhance flexibility and joint mobility.

  3. Enhanced Strength and Endurance: Performing resistance exercises in water helps build muscle strength without subjecting the body to excessive strain, making it an ideal option for those recovering from injuries or surgery.

  4. Pain Relief: The hydrostatic pressure of water can alleviate swelling and promote circulation, leading to reduced pain and faster recovery.

  5. Balance and Coordination: Water provides a supportive environment for practicing balance exercises, improving stability and coordination, which is beneficial for individuals with neurological conditions or those at risk of falls.

  6. Relaxation and Stress Relief: Immersing oneself in warm water can have a calming effect on both the body and mind, reducing stress and promoting relaxation.


Why Choose Aquatic Therapy Over Regular Physical Therapy?

While traditional physical therapy undoubtedly offers its own set of benefits, aquatic therapy provides some unique advantages that may make it a preferred option for certain individuals:

  1. Gentle on Joints: For individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other conditions causing joint pain, the buoyancy of water can provide relief while still allowing for effective exercise.

  2. Faster Recovery: The reduced impact and support offered by water can accelerate recovery from injuries or surgeries by allowing patients to start rehabilitation exercises sooner.

  3. Accessible for All Fitness Levels: The supportive nature of water makes aquatic therapy accessible for individuals of all fitness levels, including those who may struggle with weight-bearing exercises on land.

  4. Whole-Body Workout: Aquatic therapy engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously, offering a comprehensive workout that improves cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility.

  5. Therapeutic Environment: The calming properties of water create a therapeutic environment that promotes relaxation and reduces stress, enhancing the overall rehabilitation experience.


Aquatic Physical Therapy offers a refreshing approach to rehabilitation that harnesses the healing power of water. Whether you're recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or simply looking to improve your overall well-being, diving into aquatic therapy could be the perfect way to make waves towards a healthier, happier you.

If you are interested in getting scheduled for a aquatic therapy session, talk to your physical therapist or give us a call at (208) 343- 4700.



Posted by isabellesiegrist at 4/29/2024 5:56:00 AM
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