Hydrotherapy employs the anti-gravitational properties of water, hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy to successfully treat health conditions. It relieves pain, joint stress, and builds confidence in a safe and secure environment. Here are the top conditions treated with hydrotherapy
1. FIBROMYALGIA AND CHRONIC PAIN
This is one of the most common conditions the clinic treats with hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy offers consistent pain relief and a way to become more active, gain strength and endurance, and sleep better.
2. THORACIC AND LUMBAR SPINE ISSUES, CERVICAL SPINE AND POSTURE PROBLEMS
We successfully use hydrotherapy for lumbar spine fusions,spine compression fractures, herniated discs, and mostly degenerative types. From back surgeries to degenerative or arthritic issues, the water decreases the effects of gravity on the spine. It allows increased trunk/back movement with less pain due to the warmth, buoyancy, and pressure of the water.
Water’s hydrostatic pressure helps decrease swelling in the extremities, most commonly the LE’s, and allows the individual to do general strengthening in all of their extremities with less effort and pain. It also improves ease of walking.
4. ACHILLES TENDON REPAIRS, TEARS AND TOE, FOOT, OR ANKLE FRACTURES
Due to the anti-gravity properties of the water, individuals can adhere to weight bearing restrictions mandated by their physician. They can walk in the water or perform water stepping without an assistive device or a boot. The water helps decreases swelling and results in a less painful session.
5. KNEE OR HIP REPLACEMENTS
The water is good for ROM (range of motion), stretching and strengthening of any knee or hip diagnoses. Compared to land sessions, it effectively helps to decrease soreness during and after PT sessions.
6. MORBIDLY OBESE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE A LOW TOLERANCE FOR LAND THERAPY
Sometimes what holds individual back from therapy sessions is their inability to complete the exercises. This is where the buoyancy of water greatly helps by making it easier exercise. Individuals gain the confidence to continue in the water that they might not otherwise get on land.
7. GENERAL DECONDITIONING
Individual who cannot tolerate land exercises and activities well enough to make progress in their movement and strength training benefit greatly from hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy helps with weight loss, improve overall movement, decrease pain, increase overall endurance, and increase overall function at a slower and less painful pace.
Thus hydrotherapy offers a successful, pain-free experience that any individual can take with them to manage almost any ailment they encounter during their lifetime. Water has truly amazing healing properties!