The key to effective rehabilitation is the return to desired functional activity as soon as possible. Aquatic therapy provides a unique environment for promoting normal movement patterns and building strength early in the course of treatment. These changes usually are accomplished in the water, where the risk of further injury is reduced. This frequently is accompanied by a reduction in pain and perceived discomfort. Aquatic therapy in many cases is the only option for rehabilitation when land-based programs have not provided satisfactory results.
Chronic musculoskeletal diseases in aquatic therapy:
– Low back pain
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Spondylitis ankylosans
– Myofascial pain syndrome