Aquatic therapy is the use of buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and joint unloading, to offer the patient a safe and therapeutic environment. By relying on the properties of water the client can safely increase their strength, endurance, flexibility, and range-of-motion. The Burdenko therapy incorporates aquatic exercises geared towards utilizing buoyancy and weights for physical training resulting in recovered function caused by injury.
“Developing proper movement is essential for the recovery and prevention of re-injury.” Affirms Dr. Igor Burdenko, “Teaching patients to move involves more than just teaching proper body mechanics, but includes endurance, balance and coordination.”
Water teaches movement because it requires internal stabilization of the spine and pelvis making it a perfect location for therapy. This stabilization is the groundwork for effective movement. Water has the capacity to support, assist, or resist movements. Water also allows for non-weight bearing as well as partial-weight bearing therapy. Aquatic therapy can enhance the client ’s overall conditioning as well as work to benefit the entire body.
The client can be suspended in water without touching the bottom of the pool by the use of buoyancy equipment. This allows for the client to move freely about with little or no impact on the musculoskeletal system. Back On Track offers a program to teach patients how to eliminate or minimize pain while moving in a healthy, non-weightbearing environment.
One of the most effective aquatic therapy treatments for patients with physical disabilities is warm water therapy. Water resistance and the warm temperatures of warm water therapy ease muscles, in turn alleviating spasms and pain. For patients with orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal conditions, warm water therapy can provide many benefits.
The benefits that a client can achieve from warm water therapy include endurance, flexibility, range of motion, mobility, increased strength, decreased pain and joint stress, and improved balance and circulation. Warm water therapy also relaxes the entire mind and body, creating a sense of overall peacefulness which will reduce pain and speed up the recovery process.