Did you know aqua therapy can help ease joint pain related to chronic arthritis and other illnesses? As part of a recent Health Connections program, Christine Gulotta, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and program director for RehabCare at Shell Point, led an informational lecture on the benefits of aqua therapy at the LifeQuest Aquatic Center.
The program included a live demonstration of some of the most popular aqua therapy techniques and exercises. “As part of the rehabilitation process, aqua therapy can reduce swelling because the water pressure helps move fluid from the injured area back into the body,” said Christine. “It can lessen pain by buffering movement – and warm water, in particular, can lessen muscle spasms. The buoyancy of water helps decrease pressure on joints and the spine.
Aqua therapy can contribute to faster rehabilitation progress, and improved muscle relaxation and circulation. By using the resistance of water instead of weights, aqua therapy treatment may include increasing joint range of motion, walking activities, strength and resistance training, core strengthening, and balance while sitting and standing.
Aqua therapy is ideal for many conditions, including:
- Arthritis management and joint pain
- Gait analysis
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Chronic back pain and lumbar stabilization
- Spinal cord injuries
- Stroke and brain injury
Shell Point has two pools used for aqua therapy. The indoor aqua therapy pool at the Rehabilitation Center features two underwater treadmills. This pool is heated to a therapeutic 92 degrees and features a lift for those unable to use the steps.
The LifeQuest Aquatic Center also has a therapy pool with warm temperatures designed for specialty classes to help ease joint pain related to chronic arthritis and other illnesses. The outdoor pool takes advantage of Florida’s beautiful sunny days and is kept at a cool temperature, which is ideal for those who may be sensitive to heat. This 23,000-gallon therapy pool features an easy-access ramp and an adaptable water chair for those needing assistance entering the pool.
The Rehabilitation Center is open to the public! If you are interested in learning more about aqua therapy please call the Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point at (239) 454-2256. A referral for physical therapy is required, so contact your physician