Physical Therapy is a dynamic and ever changing field. Physical therapists are health professionals who evaluate and treat people with a variety of dysfunctions. They assess joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, cardiac and pulmonary function, development, functional ability, sensation and perception, integrity of the skin, muscle tone and reflexes, and performance of functional activities. They evaluate patients' needs, diagnose physical therapy problems, establish plans of care, and evaluate their effectiveness.
Physical therapy is a people-oriented profession. Physical therapists have many opportunities to improve the quality of their clients' lives as individuals or in small groups. Physical therapists educate patients in health promotion and conduct research to improve patient care. Physical therapists must have excellent observational and psychomotor skills.
Physical therapists are involved with restoring function and independence at all levels. Examples include: helping someone to walk again following a stroke, helping a child to develop head control, or helping an athlete return to their sport. Physical therapists practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, sports facilities, rehabilitation centers, clients' homes, schools and pediatric centers. Physical therapists also conduct research and teach in colleges and universities and practice as researchers in private industry.
Physical therapists are valuable members of the health care team, who work with physicians, dentists, podiatrists, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and hearing professionals, psychologists, and social workers. Physical therapists may practice by referral from physicians, podiatrists, or dentists or have direct access to patients depending upon the jurisdiction.
Aquatic Therapy places a patient in a therapeutic exercise program, in a pool setting administered by a physical therapist. Aquatic Therapy uses the principals of buoyancy, turbulence and hydrostatic pressure to augment the effectiveness of the exercise program.
People of various ages, body composition and diagnoses would benefit from this full body program including those with: Cardiac Involvement, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Orthopedic Problems, Post Surgical, Chronic Pain, Neurological Problems, Fibromyalgia.
This type of program may begin in an aquatic environment to help provide stabilization and increase endurance. A progression to a land based program is to be expected.
Upon referral, each patient is evaluated by our staff and a problem specific treatment plan is developed. During the treatment process, we provide on-going communication about treatment goals and progress to the patient and physician, as well as employers and insurers. We continuously re-evaluate the patient's response to treatment and take an active role in reaching a successful outcome.
Benefits of Aquatic Exercise:
Increasing joint flexibility and muscular strength
Reducing pain with weight bearing
Allowing movement of painful joints
Increasing cardiovascular endurance
Decreasing abnormal tone or rigidity of muscles
Improving inadequate balance reactions
Improving trunk stability
Improving postural alignment