Aquatic therapy relies on the properties of water to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment through the use of hydrostatic pressure, buoyancy, and joint unloading. Water is an ideal location for teaching movement because it demands internal stabilization of the spine and pelvis. Water has the ability to assist, support, or resist movements and allows for both non-weight bearing and partial-weight bearing therapy. By using buoyancy equipment, the patient can be suspended in water without touching the bottom of the pool. This allows the patient to move freely and removes impact on the musculoskeletal system.
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