Aquatic therapy can help the healing process for those wanting to increase strength and range of motion. Many patients who have especially sore backs and joints find the buoyant effect of water neutralizes the effect of gravity on their bodies, allowing them to focus on improving range of motion. The water also provides resistance and helps increase strength.
Children and adults find the therapy useful for rehabilitating painful backs, shoulders, knees and hips. Stroke survivors also find the treatment beneficial for working on balance and endurance. Salina Regional physical therapists have specialized training in aquatic therapy and have access to the pools at the YMCA. They can work with patients either one-on-one or in small groups.
Before the water workouts, patients receive an evaluation from a physical therapist in the clinic setting to develop a plan for treatment. If you think you would benefit from aquatic therapy, ask your doctor for a referral to Salina Regional's Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic or call (785) 452-6668.