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Aquatic Therapy


Southwestern offers Aquatic Therapy services to adults and children, with a Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Senior Care Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Needs, and other medical needs. Aquatic Therapy provides a wide range of advantages to individuals pursuing physical and psychological goals. Through water’s low gravity, individuals can move, relax, and have fun while reducing stress on the muscular-skeletal system.

Southwestern utilizes manual therapy techniques and exercise equipment that are designed specifically for aquatic rehabilitation. Most notably, our aquatic therapy services involve one-on-one sessions and a personalized physical therapy exercise plan to meet the needs of each individual.

Aquatic Therapy treatment consists of exercises performed in water for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation, and other therapeutic benefits. Aquatic Therapy consists of a diverse array of techniques that include physical therapy, aquatic exercises, and movement therapy in water environments and is performed with clients either floating or partially submerged in the water.

Aquatic Therapy promotes the restoration of movement and function in the body, and is especially prominent for treatments where lack of (limited) or non-weight bearing activity is preferred. In addition, when normal movement is hindered by a range of motion, levels of inflammation, pain, or even muscle spasms. With Aquatic Therapy, the support provided by the water is the greatest advantage. This support helps to remove pain and pressure on the joints during movements while administering resistance, which is used to increase circulation and strengthen muscles and tendons in the body. The human body’s weight consists of more than 50 percent of water. When an individual is in the water, this reduces a person’s body weight by nearly 90 percent. This reduction in body weight enables more movement while removing that stress on the body’s muscles and bones.

What are the Benefits of Aquatic Therapy?​

Physical Benefits

  • Improved Movement and Physical Health

  • Increased Awareness of Physical Capabilities

  • Improved Motor Function

  • Boost Muscle tone and Function

  • Reinvigorating Cardiovascular Function

  • Relief from Chronic Pain

  • Improved Range of Motion/Flexibility

  • Improved Endurance

Psychological Benefits

  • Boost Confidence

  • Alleviate Stress and Pain

  • Positive Reinforcement

  • Relaxation

  • Improved Social Life

  • Improved Self-esteem

  • Increased Body Awareness

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