Aqua therapy is exercise using water for resistance. It also may be called water therapy, pool therapy, or aquatics. It's good exercise for many people who have osteoarthritis, back pain, or fibromyalgia. It's often used to help people in rehab after a joint replacement.
Exercising in water can increase your flexibility and range of motion without putting stress on your joints and spine. Warm water also helps relax your muscles.
You can walk and run in water, as well as jump or kick. But it’s not a weight-bearing exercise. So you will need to add other types of exercise to help make your bones stronger.
Water exercise is often done as part of a physical therapy program. Or you may find a program in a gym or health club.
Although aqua therapy is usually gentle exercise, talk to your doctor before you start a program. You want to make sure that water exercise is right for your health condition.
Other Works Consulted
Iverson MD (2013). Introduction to physical medicine, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. In GS Firestein et al., eds., Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 9th ed., vol. 1, pp. 528–539. Philadelphia: Saunders.
February 23, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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