Benefits of Aquatic Therapy to Decrease Low Back Pain

Aquatic Therapy is a great way to strengthen muscles throughout the body and decrease stresses placed on the low back. Getting into the pool is a great alternative to land based physical therapy, especially when the low back is especially painful or movements on land are difficult. There are special water properties that make it easier to work out in the pool versus on land.

Buoyancy: Buoyancy is the upward force that acts against gravity. This allows you to feel more unweighted in water versus on land. It places decreased stresses on joints and allows for greater ease with movement. When you are submerged at hip level you are 50% unweighted.

Hydrostatic Pressure: Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure exerted by the water on immersed objects. Increased pressure can lower heart rate and improve blood flow.

Viscosity: Viscosity is the friction occurring between molecules resulting in resistance to flow. This means that with increased velocity of movement there is increased resistance. This allows a better workout in a shorter period of time.

As with all physical therapy care plans, each treatment is individualized to meet the goals of the patient.

If you feel like aquatic therapy could benefit you, give us a call at 1-888-THERAPY.

Rebecca Varoga, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Isanti Physical Therapy

January 17th, 2018

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