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The Center for Physical Rehabilitation Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists

February 28th, 2014
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The Center for Physical Rehabilitation has proven results with aqua therapy utilizing a  SwimEx 700 at their Cascade, Michigan location.    Their team of Therapists, and Athletic ptcprTrainers use aqua therapy since it allows for an earlier start to therapy, less painful for the patient,and gives patients the ability to move freely in ways that would not be possible on land.

From The Center for Physical Rehabilitation‘s website.

The Center, with four convenient locations surrounding Grand Rapids, specializes in all inclusive physical therapy services, such as: Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Post Surgical, McKenzie TherapyOur experienced team will develop an individual, multi-faceted approach to your care, which will include hands-on manual therapy during each visit, strengthening and education.  Measured results and our nationally recognized approach to physical therapy, prove we can get you back to your activities faster, reducing your overall healthcare costs.

Aqua Therapy is available at three of our locations: Belmont, Cascade and Walker. Aquatic Therapy helps to reduce pain during exercise and aids in shorter recovery times. Often when a patient has weight bearing issues, aquatic therapy can be a beneficial resource. Patients can still reap the benefits of exercise while decreasing the likelihood of injury.

Aqua Therapy also allows for an earlier start to therapy, is typically less painful and gives patients the ability to move freely in ways that would not be possible on land.

Aqua Therapy benefits include:

 

  • Buoyancy-water supports the patient when their muscles and joints are unable to do so; for instance, in cases of arthritis or obesity.
  • Resistance-due to higher resistance in the water, patients use many more muscles during aqua therapy. The water resistance also helps with strength and balance.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure- emerging patients in water increases blood circulation, helping to relieve swelling, joint stress and other pains.
  • Temperature- aqua therapy pools are typically heated to between 92 and 96 degrees, helping muscles to relax and improving blood circulation. Patients suffering from back pain and muscle spasms benefit greatly from the heat.

Aqua Therapy Improvements:

 

  • Balance
  • Functional mobility
  • Sensations
  • Perceptual/spatial problems
  • Relaxation
  • Moral
  • Aerobic fitness
  • Safety
  • Post menopausal bone loss
  • Circulation
  • Respiratory system
  • Muscle tone/tension
  • Pain
  • Range of motion
  • Weight bearing ability
  • Weakness
  • Trunk stability
  • Lower back pain

Our Cascade location has installed a SwimEx TM pool, the latest in aquatic exercise therapy For more information on the SwimEx pool, click here.

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