Why Prescribe Aquatic Therapy?

Posted by AquaJogger® on December 15th, 2008


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AquaJogger® Why Prescribe Aquatic Therapy?

The use of warm moving water to rehabilitate or recondition patients has a long and documented history. In the mid-1980s, water therapy/fitness took a quantum leap forward with the development of the AquaJogger® Buoyancy Belt. Sustained, impact-free, deep water conditioning became practical.

Quicker Recovery, Lower Costs

Much of the medical industry today (including insurance providers) are recognizing that water therapy is playing a serious role in rehabilitation, work hardening, and general conditioning programs. Water conditioning is one of the few means of continuously rehabilitating the body which is accessible in both medical and public pool facilities, and may be safely used throughout a patient’s life.

Insurance Coverage

Clinic-based and home/community-based aquatic therapy programs including AquaJogger have been successfully prescribed at orthopedic therapy and sports medicine clinics throughout the 1990s and beyond. Aquatic therapy and the AquaJogger belt are covered by many insurance carriers.
Note: Insurance billing is not performed by AquaJogger or Excel Sports Science, Inc.

Specific Physiological Responses

The effect of water upon the body’s systems results in several beneficial responses.
- Immersion in water reduces pain signal feedback without medication
- Water buoyancy eliminates the stress gravity places on injured or unfunctioning body systems
- Water pressure enhances retum of lymphatic fluid and venous blood, stimulating circulation and reducing swelling in injured areas
- Water viscosity allows a patient to easily regulate movements and avoid pain or over-exercising
- Water has a high specific heat, a quality which carries heat to injured tissues, further reducing inflammation and stimulating circulation, as well as increasing joint mobility and flexibility
- Water induces relaxation and provides a feeling of psychological well-being
- Water pressure increases blood volume per heart stroke, enhancing cardiac conditioning.

reatment of Specific Conditions

Aquatic therapy has a record of usefulness in treating a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to the following:

- Lower back injuries
- Arthritis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Post-polio syndrome
- Shoulder / neck injuries
- Pelvic injuries
- Cardiac conditions
- Post-op ankle, knee and hip surgeries
- Obesity- Multiple sclerosis