Why Aquatic Therapy?
When we are injured or experiencing pain from disease or dysfunction, the very weight of our own bodies may be too much to bear. We may end up limping, or compensating and having pain in other parts of our body or we have end up using a device to help us walk or use a wheel chair to get around. Aquatic therapy can help—here’s how:
Water lightens the load. We are un-weighted when we get in the water so movement becomes easier.
So why is therapy so beneficial in the water? Our specialized therapy pool is heated to the perfect temperature to allow muscles to relax. Once relaxed, our Aquatic Physical Therapists, Ashley Koch, PT, DPT and Tiffany DiPaolo, PT, DPT, can then help to move those muscles in ways that are the most helpful to the overall health of the body.
Why walk or run on a treadmill in the water?
We avoid pain..we all do it. When walking hurts, we stop walking. When running hurts, we stop running. Physical Therapists are the best professionals to help determine “why” something hurts. With our water based treadmill, the added weight of gravity is lessened. Cameras are perfectly positioned to allow the therapist and patient to see and correct patterns that may be causing more pain. Once we know the “why”, we can begin fixing the problem.