Aquatic Therapy after back surgery
As we mentioned in previous blog post, aquatic therapy is an excellent tool physical therapists can use to rehabilitate imany different types of injuries / conditions including rehabilitation following back surgery:
- The aim is to rehabilitate patients while avoiding the stress of the patient’s body weight on the joints. Aquatic therapy makes exercise possible for those who are unable to participate in land based exercise. Aquatic therapy is particularly beneficial for patients with advanced osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and directly after spine surgery.
- The goal of aquatic therapy is to maintain strength, conditioning and improve overall function. All aquatic exercise programs should be initiated only after a complete evaluation by a certified physical therapist. Patients typically begin with shallow water exercises, advancing to deep water exercises in order to prepare for land therapy.
- Following lumbar surgery rehabilitation in water allows for gradual and controlled progression of stress being placed in the lumbar area in a kind and forgiving environment. Patients are able to work on their strength, flexibility and built the control and strength of the core musculature with less pain.
- The benefit of being under water is that the body is subject to equal pressure all over. Submersion decreases weight bearing, allowing individuals who cannot weight bear on land the opportunity to support their body weight with minimal effort under water. Water can support weak muscles, while enhancing flexibility and range of motion. For many patients, water therapy can allow the physical therapist to achieve goals in a shorter time.
- Six types of therapeutic aquatic exercise have been identified, which include: water walking, range of motion and stretching for flexibility, movement exercises to increase strength and endurance, rhythmic movement to improve balance and coordination, cardio-respiratory fitness and conditioning, and swimming.
- FYZICAL Mechanicsburg has two therapeutic pools that were designed and built specifically for aquatic rehabiliation to provide the best environment for patients to achieve their goals through this unique treatment approach. Both pool temperatures are set at the therapeutic level of 89-94 degrees.