Aquatic Therapy Services
Aquatic Therapy is available
on T, Th: 1:00pm to 5pm
Spine and Joint Pain Physical Therapy
EZ Rehab Solutions is pleased to announce the launching of our aquatic physical therapy program, expanding our physical therapy services to your patient’s with spine, and joint pain, chronic pain, pre and post surgical replacement patients with complaint of pain, joint stiffness and immobility.
Benefits of Exercising in Water
The physical properties of water make it a highly desirable medium in which to exercise to treat back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries. Some of the most important properties of water that make exercise easier are:
- Buoyancy: water counteracts gravity and helps to support the weight of the patient in a controlled fashion as the patient is immersed. This can aid the development of improved balance and strength. The buoyancy of water also permits a greater range of positions due to the virtual elimination of gravitational forces, particularly for exercises that require lifting the legs, the heaviest limb of the body for most people.
- Viscosity: water provides resistance by means of gentle friction, allowing strengthening and conditioning of an injury, while reducing the risk of further injury due to loss of balance.
- Hydrostatic pressure: there are powerful effects produced by hydrostatic pressure that improve heart and lung function, making aquatic exercise a very useful way to maintain and strengthen heart and lung function. This pressure effect also aids in improving muscle blood flow
- Spine Pain
- Hip Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Ankle and Foot Pain
- Shoulder Pain and stiffness
- Gait and Balance disorder
- Post operative Joint Rehab
The Aquatic Therapy Difference:
The techniques used in water therapy exercise for back pain include spa therapy, standing or floating pool exercises, swimming, and conditioning using specialized equipment, such as surgical tubing, flotation devices, and resistive devices for the hands or feet.
Active water therapy exercises for back pain are diverse and should be tailored to the individual and his or her specific condition. Exercises range from simple routines performed in a shallow pool to conditioning using underwater treadmills and other high-tech equipment.
The water leg lift, or water leg raise, strengthens and stretches the muscles in the leg, hip, and lower back.
Pool Therapy Exercise Techniques
Some of the basic techniques for pool therapy exercises are as follows (they can be modified for varying degrees of difficulty):
- Knee-to-chest exercise. This movement is performed while standing on one leg, which is slightly bent, and one leg outstretched in front while one hand holds onto the side of the pool. It strengthens and stretches the muscles in the leg, hip, and lower back.
- Leg raises exercise. This movement is performed with one leg outstretched and the supporting leg slightly bent while one hand holds onto the side of the pool. It strengthens and stretches the muscles in the leg, hip, and lower back.
- Wall-facing leg stretch exercise. In this stretching exercise individuals assume a "Superman" position with hands resting on side of pool and the body and legs outstretched into and supported by water. This extends all regions of the back and the joints in the back, as well as stretching shoulder muscles.
- Pool walking exercise. Walking both forward and backward in chest-high water works the leg muscles while exerting no impact of the knees or hips, which is particularly important for people who have arthritis in those joints? The walking exercise can be made more demanding with the addition of hand floats or light weights, so a stroll in the pool becomes an aquatic version of power walking.
Please call to schedule an appointment:
EZ Rehab Solutions
7315 Hanover Pkwy, Suite A
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Tel: (301) 446-1724
Fax: (301) 446-1726