Features of Aquatic PHYSICAL THERAPIST OWNED & DIRECTED Therapy Water is an effective physical therapy tool because it provides buoyancy which offers four unique properties: Support. Buoyancy produces a force that supports 90% of a patient’s body weight in neck deep water. The warmth of the water also assists in relaxation and increased circula- tion for improved healing. Assistance. Water exercises can be designed to allow for easier movement than on land. This means that you can generally do more exercises with less pain. Resistance. Exercises using the forces of water and turbulence can be designed to allow for more difﬁcult move- ment than on land. Increased resistance can strengthen muscles and provide high level conditioning. Gravity Reduced Environment. For arthritic, non-weight bearing, or limited weight bearing conditions, water eases the stress on joint surfaces to reduce pain and inﬂammation and allow earlier post-injury or post-surgery intervention. . . . Our Focus Is You. Since 1952 AQUATIC AQUATIC Therapeutic Associates THERAPY THERAPY The Water The Water Does Does the Work the Work . . . Our Focus Is You. Administrative Ofﬁce Oregon Regional Ofﬁce 7100 Fort Dent Way, Ste 220 11481 SW Hall Bv, Ste 20 Since 1952 Seattle WA 98188 Portland OR 97223 800-249-9020 • 206-241-8488 800-219-8835 • 503-443-6156 Therapeutic Associates Therapeuti Fax: 800-557-2173 Fax: 503-639-9699 PHYSICAL THERAPY www.therapeuticassociates.com What is Aquatic Therapy? Aquatic Therapy is an important tool for use with a variety of patients to accelerate return to prior level of function. Whether it is returning to the job or return- ing to the team, Aquatic Therapy can be the key to speedy recovery. The pool allows walking and running activities without the demands of full weight bearing and incorporates those activities earlier in rehabilita- Our expert therapists tion. The buoyancy of the water Beneﬁts of Aquatic Therapy incorporate unique manual therapy techniques on the makes exercise easier on joints • Allows early intervention regard- pool deck in conjunction with while the viscosity of the water al- less of injury exercise equipment to take advantage of the water lows multiple levels of resistance by • Virtually eliminates pain during varying the speed of movement. rehabilitation Our therapists incorporate unique • Decreases edema due to hydro- manual therapy techniques and ex- static pressure of water ercise equipment to take advantage • Reduces loading of weight-bear- of the water (kick boards, water ing joints and spine dumbbells, steps, and noodles). • Warm water increases the relax- These techniques and equipment ation response. Who Can Beneﬁt? are all designed speciﬁcally for re- • Quickly develops self-esteem, self- Therapeutic Associates’ Aquatic Therapy is perfect for: habilitation in the water. sufﬁciency and self-awareness of Limited weight bearing • Joint protection (Arthritis, os- patients AQUATIC Most importantly our Aquatic teoporosis and low back pain) • Rehab with an emphasis • Improves posture and body me- THERAPY Therapy program involves an indi- on cardiovascular and general strength conditioning • chanics vidualized physical therapy exercise Those who have had surgery (ACL reconstruction, Total The Water plan to meet the needs of each • Develops muscle tone at a faster Knee Arthroplasty, Total Hip Arthroplasty, fusions, Rotator rate than most land-based exer- cuff repair) • Low back dysfunction • Athletic injuries • patient. One-on-one sessions are a Does cises Neurological conditions; such as: Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple primary component of each therapy sclerosis, stroke and polio • Multiple injuries • Improves breathing capacity due the Work session. to hydrostatic pressure The Aquatic Therapy Program is used in • Increases range of motion using . . . Our Focus Is You. conjunction with the patient’s outpa- water’s buoyancy properties For conditions Since 1952 tient rehab program to achieve goals of that require a • Provides quick transition to land- Therapeutic Associates maximum functional improvement. based therapy techniques and less strenuous PHYSICAL THERAPY www.therapeuticassociates.com activities environment.
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