Aquatic therapy refers to water-based treatments or exercises of therapeutic intent, in particular for relaxation, fitness, and physical rehabilitation. Treatments and exercises are performed while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water.
Aquatic therapy encompasses a broad set of approaches and techniques, including aquatic exercise, physical rehabiliation, aquatic bodywork, and other movement-based therapy in water (hydrokinesiotherapy). Treatment may be passive, involving a therapist or giver and a patient or receiver, or active, involving self-generated body positions, movement, or exercise. Examples include Aquastretch, Aquatic Therapy, Adapted swimming, Watsu, and Ai chi.
Aquatic therapy can support restoration of function for many areas of orthopedics, neurological, chronic pain and polytrauma including:
- Chronic pain and polytrauma
- Joint paint from sports or daily repetitive activities
- Neurological and orthopedic injuries
- Pre and Post-op
- PTS(D) and adjustment to disability
- Special needs-adaptive swimming