Aquatic therapy is a therapeutic technique that is performed in the water. This form is perfect for patients who need to reduce stress on their joints while simultaneously strengthening muscles.
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.
Aqua massage is a quick way to receive a full-body massage. You simply lay on a bed fully clothed and the machine covers you similar to how you would lay for a MRI. A waterproof barrier sits between you and the machine. The force of the water jets provide a relaxing yet comprehensive massage.
This therapy is an alternative to the traditional hand massage. The force of water can rotate back and forth over the entire body or can focus on one particular problem area. You can even use a hand control to change the water flow or halt the procedure. For most people it is calming and relaxing. Some even listen to music the whole time through provided headphones!