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Aquatic Therapy in The Woodlands and Houston

If you have a painful musculoskeletal condition or injury, aquatic therapy can help you rebuild strength without putting unnecessary stress on your joints. The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in The Woodlands and Houston incorporates aquatic therapy into treatment plans for conditions ranging from arthritis to herniated discs. Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and personalized treatment.

Aquatic Therapy Q & A

What is aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy is a type of physical rehabilitation that takes place in a safe and controlled water environment. It’s an excellent option if you have a painful joint condition and need to limit the pressure or weight you put on them. For example, it can be a crucial component of treatment plans for:

  • Arthritis
  • Neurological diseases
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint replacement recovery
  • Surgery recovery
  • Sports, dance, or other musculoskeletal injuries
  • Generalized muscle weakness

Aquatic therapy is provided by one of the experienced and licensed physical therapists at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. The help you work through your rehabilitation program, improving your function, and reducing pain. They adjust the depth of the water to meet your needs, and you don’t need to know how to swim.

What treatments are included in aquatic therapy?

The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers customizes your aquatic therapy program to meet your specific needs. Depending on your needs, your aquatic therapy plan could include:

  • Range-of-motion exercises
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Endurance building
  • Conditioning
  • Core strengthening
  • Agility training

The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers provides comprehensive exams and consultations to identify the condition at the root of your pain. They design your treatment plan to include a combination of therapies to relieve your pain and address the underlying issue for long-term wellness.

Your provider might combine aquatic therapy with other treatments, including chiropractic care, manual therapies, and laser treatments. This multidisciplinary approach delivers a customized approach to improving your physical and overall wellness.

What are the benefits of aquatic therapy?

The buoyancy of water supports your movement, which reduces stress on your joints and muscles. This allows you to participate in physical activities without putting excessive strain on your body.

Water also provides gentle resistance, which can help you increase your muscle strength, endurance, and balance. You can increase your mobility, reduce your pain, and enhance your aerobic capacity, allowing you to get back to your regular activities safely. Many men and women also find that aquatic therapy helps reduce stress.

Specialized treatments offered by Houston Spine and Rehabilitation

  • Kinisio-taping
  • Graston
  • Active release technique
  • Manual therapy
  • Laser treatment

If you’re interested in receiving effective treatment for your pain and stiffness, please give us a call today. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff members are standing by, ready to answer any questions you may have.

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Frequently Asked Aquatic Therapy Questions

How Do I Know if Aquatic Therapy Is Right for Me?

Often referred to as water-based rehabilitation or hydrotherapy, aquatic therapy is an excellent option for patients seeking low-impact, high-benefit physical therapy. If you're experiencing chronic pain, discomfort during movement, or recovering from an injury, aquatic therapy could be a beneficial part of your treatment plan. Our therapists in The Woodlands and Houston are skilled in assessing individual conditions and can determine if aquatic therapy is the right choice for you. For instance, if you’re finding land-based physical therapy too painful or challenging, aquatic therapy is an excellent alternative.

How Does Aquatic Therapy Differ From Regular Physical Therapy?

Aquatic therapy differs significantly from regular physical therapy. While both aim to improve your body’s function and well-being, administering treatments in water with aquatic therapy offers distinctive benefits. The water's buoyancy, resistance, and heat provide healing opportunities not possible in land therapy. For instance, the water's buoyancy reduces the weight-bearing stress on your body, offering a gentler environment for exercise. The water’s resistance helps strengthen muscles, while the heat helps to relax those muscles and increase circulation. In addition, the water provides a safe, low-impact exercise environment, reducing the risk of injury.

How Long and How Often Are Aquatic Therapy Sessions?

Aquatic therapy sessions typically last for about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your physical condition and specific needs. The frequency of sessions varies based on different treatment plans, but generally, patients attend therapy one to three times per week. However, consistency is key to the best results. Regular participation in aquatic therapy services can help improve strength, regain mobility, and reduce pain in your joints, back, and more. Our patient-centered approach makes sure to cater to every patient's unique needs, so our experts will recommend the optimal duration and frequency of sessions based on your specific needs.

Is Aquatic Therapy Safe?

Aquatic therapy is safe and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. One of the major benefits of aquatic therapy is that you don't need to know how to swim to participate. All exercises are performed in water with adjustable levels, and safety equipment is always used. Our highly trained therapists guide you through all sessions so you can always feel safe and in good hands.

How Soon Can I See Results From Aquatic Therapy?

The timeline for seeing results from aquatic therapy can vary based on the individual and the nature of their condition. However, many of our patients in The Woodlands and Houston, TX, report feeling relief after just a few sessions. The buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and warm water in aquatic therapy can help reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and improve range of motion more quickly than traditional physical therapy in some cases. With aquatic therapy, you can get better before you know it.

What Is the Average Aquatic Therapy Session Like?

An average aquatic therapy session is designed to be therapeutic, productive, and enjoyable. It begins with a warm-up to acclimate your body to the water temperature and environment. Following this, your therapist will guide you through various exercises to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Depending on your progress and capabilities, these exercises can range from simple stretches to more complex hydrotherapy techniques. Every session concludes with a cool-down period to help your muscles relax. After a session, we can also get you involved with our wellness specialists to extend your health practices beyond the hydrotherapy treatments.

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