Aquatic Therapy is the utilization of water to help improve the functional status of a patient. Physical therapists use the unique properties of water and specifically designed exercises to enhance, restore or maintain a person’s functional ability. Patients with back pain, stroke, arthritis, head trauma, joint replacements, surgeries, spinal cord injuries and pediatrics can benefit from aquatic therapy.
Maureen Garvaglia, PTA
Dickinson Aquatic Therapy
1721 S. Stephenson Ave
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: (906) 776-5548
Fax: (906) 776-5478
Aquatic therapy is performed in the water, aiming to rehabilitate patients after injury or those with chronic illness. It uses the resistance of water instead of weights, taking excess pressure off joints for better outcomes.
Patients who have had difficulty with traditional therapy often show improvement with aquatic therapy. The goal is to transition patients quickly from hydrotherapy to a land rehabilitation program within 3 to 12 sessions.
Why is water sometimes better for therapy?