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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Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
• Increase exercise performance, range-of-motion, flexibility
• Improve balance, strength, endurance, coordination
• Condition the entire body
The Burdenko Method
The Burdenko Method consists of a series of exercises in both the water and on land to condition the body. This method of therapeutic physical training focuses on recovering function after an injury. The aquatic exercises are done in a vertical position to keep the spine and internal organs in their natural positions. Wearing a flotation vest or belt in the water helps to maintain this upright position with little or no effort.
Aquatic Therapy Locations
Cranston (721 Reservoir Avenue): The state-of-the-art salt water pool is kept at 96 degrees which allows for special Warm Water Therapy programs.
East Greenwich @ Absolute Fitness (2727 South County Trail): The pool is 20 yards long, 87 degrees, and has a special salt generating system.
East Providence @ Healthtrax (15 Catamore Boulevard): The pool is 20 yards long and is kept at 86 degrees. It has a retractable roof used for outdoor swimming June through September.