Why Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy offers unique therapeutic value due to the physical properties of water. Water provides gentle and uniform resistance to movement in a buoyant environment; one that markedly reduces the stress on joints and protects structures that may be vulnerable after an injury or surgery. In turn, these properties reduce the discomfort associated with a return to activity and the risk of injury, permitting those who previously found rehabilitation challenging to begin their recovery earlier and more safely.
Where can I find Aquatic Therapy?
Olympic Sports & Spine (OSS) operates clinics inside the Tom Taylor YMCA in Gig Harbor and the Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner, both with large state of the art swimming pools. OSS has access to these pools and, in turn, allows us to offer aquatic rehabilitation programs in both locations.
Aquatic Therapy harnesses the advantages of a buoyant environment that reduces the stress on joints and protects structures that may be vulnerable after an injury or surgery.
Who can benefit from Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy can benefit patients with a wide-variety of diagnoses; especially those who have found traditional rehabilitation challenging or require the pain relieving and risk reducing benefits of the water’s buoyancy. Aquatic Therapy is often considered for those suffering from:
- Arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid)
- Balance problems due to muscle weakness on one side
- Car accident injuries
- Chronic pain, including back pain and joint pain
- Circulation problems
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Heart disease
- Muscle spasms
- Neurological injury
- Sports injury
- Stroke recovery
- Traumatic brain injury patients