by DeAnna Kapp, LPTA
The unique properties of an aquatic environment provide a wonderful treatment option for a wide array of patients with diagnoses ranging from orthopedic to musculoskeletal, neuromuscular to cardiovascular and various other conditions.
I have witnessed immeasurable results with patients participating in aquatic therapy to include decreased pain, increased range of motion and increased strength to enhance functional mobility. In an aquatic environment there are several properties of the water that aid in rehabilitation, including buoyancy, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure. Buoyancy of the water helps to support the weight of the patient and reduces a certain percentage of weight bearing on the joints depending on the depth of the water. This reduces stress which is beneficial for patients with arthritis, joint replacements, chronic pain and those who have weight bearing restrictions following various leg surgeries. Viscosity of the water provides an excellent source of resistance for muscular strengthening. Hydrostatic pressure of the water decreases swelling and provides proprioceptive awareness. These properties offer a rehabilitation experience that cannot be duplicated on land and offer an alternative for those who may not be able to tolerate a gym workout, allowing for increased speed of recovery in many patients.
Aquatic therapy is covered by most insurance and is available at three locations on the Peninsula, including Denbigh, Shoreview and Gloucester. Each of our skilled aquatic therapists work to enhance lifelong wellbeing. Additionally, we offer a reduced membership rate to transition to one of our Wellness Centers in order to continue with an independent program once therapy is completed
DeAnna Kapp is a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant specializing in Aquatic Therapy. She is located at Riverside Denbigh Physical Therapy (757) 968-5332