Aquatic Physical Therapy

What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Aquatic Physical Therapy is the practice of Physical Therapy in an aquatic environment under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional.  Aquatic Physical Therapy uses the natural properties of water – buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and viscosity to assist in the rehabilitation process. The use of water to aid in the healing process is centuries old and continues to amaze the medical community!

Aquatic Physical Therapy is for anyone that is looking for a complement or alternative to traditional land-based Physical Therapy. A doctor’s script is required, just like it is for land-based PT.

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What are the benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy?

The natural properties of water can accelerate healing. Buoyancy helps decrease load or weight bearing on the joints. This allows painful or stiff joints and muscles more freedom of motion. Aquatic Physical Therapy acts as a “safety net” for those that face challenges with their balance, as it decreases fall risk.

While the patient’s body is submerged in the water, hydrostatic pressure is produced by the water’s weight, acting as full-body support hosiery. Aquatic Physical Therapy is especially useful for those who have excessive edema or swelling. Viscosity or resistance can be used for muscle strengthening, and increasing rehabilitation progressions.

Who Instructs Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Blue Ridge Physical Therapy provides the therapy through a cooperative arrangement with the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF).

How Do I Participate?

Contact Blue Ridge Physical Therapy at 540-347-2918 to set up an appointment. A prescription from ANY physician is required. Most insurance types are accepted. Blue Ridge Physical Therapy can answer those questions for you and schedule your sessions.

Do I need to be a member of the WARF?

Membership is not necessary. Blue Ridge Physical Therapy offers an Aquatic Physical Therapy program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings through a partnership with the Warrenton Aquatic Recreation Facility (WARF). Call Blue Ridge Physical Therapy to schedule.