Traditional physical therapy works for a lot of folks. But, unfortunately, for some it just doesn’t. Before throwing in the towel and/or giving up hope completely, there is another stellar option out there: Aquatic therapy.
Select patients may experience pain with traditional forms of rehabilitation, struggling to stand up, walk, or make progress in a land environment. Aquatic therapy can be a complete gamechanger for these patients, affording them buoyancy (in which 60 percent of body weight is taken off), warmth (which reduces pain and skin sensitivity) and reduced swelling, via hydrostatic pressure.
This method of therapy may be optimal for patients with mobility issues, painful hips, weakened limbs after a stroke, those experiencing pain after back surgery, fibromyalgia and more.
With a dedicated aquatic therapy regimen, patients can ultimately tolerate more land-based activities and ease into a traditional physical therapy routine. It serves as a meaningful bridge for patients and, after all, the best prescription for so many is movement and exercise.
Fusion Rehab and Wellness, comprised of a team of nearly 20 across three Fredericksburg-area locations, specializes in aquatic therapy (including a veteran-led program) as well as other services including, pelvic health rehabilitation, vestibular rehab, prosthetic rehab and more.
Written by: Jesse from the FLS
The Aquatic Therapy Program is lead by Jared McEwen LPTA. He began the program as soon as he joined the team back in April 2019 and has become a fan favorite ever since.
Do you believe Aquatic Therapy is a good fit for you? Please contact one of our offices today. The Aquatic Therapy Services are currently being held at the Massad YMCA Therapy pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Take a look a just a few exercises, that are commonly performed during an Aquatic Therapy visit.