What Conditions Can Aquatic Therapy Help With?

Are you looking for a low-impact way to relieve pain and other physical conditions? Aquatic therapy may be the answer. It’s an exercise program that takes place in a pool. You do the motions of various exercises with reduced or no resistance from the weight of your body.

Aquatic therapy is growing its popularity for good reasons. Studies have shown there are many benefits associated with aquatic therapy, including improved mobility and balance, as well as pain relief. It also provides people with a safe environment in which to do exercises.

Aquatic therapy can help manage a range of conditions from chronic pain to neurological disorders. How does it work? What can you expect from participating in an aquatic therapy program? In this article, we will discuss how underwater therapy can be beneficial and what types of ailments can it improve or alleviate symptoms.

Weight Loss

Weight loss can be a difficult goal to achieve, but aquatic therapy can help. The buoyancy of the water allows you to move your body more freely and with less stress on your joints. This makes it easier to do aerobic exercises such as walking, jogging, or running which can burn calories and help you lose weight. Additionally, some aquatic exercises target specific muscle groups which can also help you tone your body and sculpt the contours you desire.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a common condition that can have a significant impact on daily life. Aquatic therapy can provide relief from chronic pain, as the buoyancy of the water reduces pressure on the body, allowing for an improved range of motion and less stress on the joints. The warm water also helps to relax muscles and can promote circulation to areas with chronic pain. Additionally, aquatic therapy helps improve balance, coordination, and agility.


Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints and can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. Aquatic therapy helps reduce the impact of arthritis by providing an environment with less gravity. This reduces strain on the joints and allows for improved movement in the pool.

Mobility Issues

Mobility issues can be both physically and mentally challenging for those affected by them. Aquatic therapy can be a great way to help people with mobility issues improve their range of motion, balance, and strength. Because the water provides buoyancy, it reduces the impact on joints while still allowing users to move freely in all directions. Additionally, aquatic exercises can help increase your heart rate which helps build muscle strength.

Neurological Disorders

Aquatic therapy is also beneficial for those who suffer from neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis. The warm water helps to relax muscles and allows people with neurological disorders to move more freely in the pool. Exercises performed in the pool can help improve coordination and balance while those with neurological disorders. It can help improve coordination and posture, as well as reduce the risk of falls. Additionally, moving through the water creates sensory input which can help people with neurological issues like autism or cerebral palsy to regulate their bodies and stay focused on exercises.

Cardiovascular Health

Aquatic therapy has been known to improve cardiovascular health. The resistance offered by the strengthen muscle tone and can even improve breathing.

Why Choose Rehab For Life?

Rehab for Life is the only therapy clinic in the Tri-State area to have two adjustable, warm water, Endless Pools utilizing remote control variable currents and treadmills. Our pools are expertly designed to facilitate easy entry/exit from each pool with our hydraulic pool lift. Clients use these unique features and other specialized aquatic equipment coupled with the expert guidance of our knowledgeable therapists to help them achieve their therapy goals and vastly improve their quality of life.

Whether you are trying to improve your balance, pain, mobility, strength, weight, or just feel better, we are here to support you and help you get back to YOU! If you have a question for our Rehab for Life team members, contact us and we will get back to you within the next business day. If you want an immediate answer, please give us a call at 812.401.5210.

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