What is "aquatic physical therapy"?
Aquatic Physical Therapy is the evidence-based and skilled practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by a physical therapist, or a physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist. Aquatic Physical Therapy includes but is not limited to treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness and fitness of patient/client populations in an aquatic environment with or without the use of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, or supportive devices and equipment.
What is the difference between "aquatic physical therapy" and "aquatic exercise"?
The difference is that aquatic physical therapy requires the "skilled service" of a PT and/or PTA which may include:
the clinical reasoning and decision making skills of a PT/PTA
the patient has impairments and/or disabilities which can be minimized or eliminated with aquatic physical therapy
the patient has potential to maximize functional goals/outcomes to improve quality of life and ease burden of care
the implementation of such therapy must comply with all standards of care which impact all other treatment services
Aquatic Exercise is the utilization of water for the implementation of quality of life, fitness-related or general health-related goals; can be delivered in a group setting that includes multiple clients and diagnoses; can be delivered by an individual other than a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant; and usually has little or no accompanying paperwork, insurance involvement or written follow-up information required
What are the benefits?
Because of the buoyancy of water, exercising in the pool allows you to offload painful joints, which allows you to work at a higher level than on land. The warmth of the water helps to relax muscles, decrease stress, improve range of motion and flexibility, and increase peripheral circulation (which can assist in healing). The viscosity (consistency) of the water creates resistance to movement, which helps improve strength, balance, body awareness, trunk stability, and cardiovascular health.
Who Benefits from Aquatic Physical therapy?
Aquatic physical therapy is especially helpful for persons with arthritis, healing fractures, pre and post joint replacements, low back disorders, deconditioned patients, patients with muscle spasms, fibromyalgia and patients with balance concerns.
Why does aquatic physical therapy work?
So, what are the properties that make aquatic therapy
effective? Buoyancy, a feature of water, assists in supporting the weight of the patient, which reduces stress on the joints. ... Using resistance coupled with the water's buoyancy allows a person to strengthen muscle groups without the joint stress incurred on land.
Does my insurance cover aquatic physical therapy?
All insurance have their particular benefits but our experience is that all insurances that we deal with on a regular basis pay for aquatic physical therapy. For specific questions regarding your own insurance our front office staff will be more than happy to assist you in determining the amount of coverage you have.
Why is GVPT aquatic Physical therapy different?
GVPT has contracts with seven area health club facilities to use their pools at no added cost to the patient, In addition GVPT provides a complimentary membership to each of it’s patients to use the health clubs during the course of their treatment as a full member.
What’s the benefit of GVPT’s free complimentary membership?
GVPT encourages patients to use the health club facility on days the patient doesn’t have a formal PT visit. By executing their exercise routine on their “off days” that will speed up recovery time and decrease the cost of care to the patient and the insurance company.