Aquatic therapy is physiotherapy that is performed in the water.
Buoyancy supports the weight of the patient which reduces stress on the joints. This is useful for any condition that makes weight-bearing difficult. Using resistance as well as the water’s buoyancy allows a person to strengthen muscle groups without putting the extra stress on the joints.
Finally, the warmth of the water allows muscles to relax and increases blood flow to injured areas, which assists in healing.