Aquatic Therapy Myths and Realities

Aquatic Therapy Myths and Realities

At Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy, we are often explaining just what aquatic therapy is. In fact, there are quite a few myths about aquatic therapy. So we are taking it upon ourselves to shed some light on Aquatic Therapy Myths & Realities.

Aquatic Therapy Myth #1:

You need to know how to swim to do Aquatic Therapy

This could not be any further from the truth. The typical aquatic therapy pool is just four to five feet deep, meaning most patients are still able to stand.

Aquatic Therapy Myth #2:

Aquatic Therapy restricts Movement

Wrong again. Because of the buoyancy of the water, patients can actually move more freely in the water than on land. This puts less stress on the joints and helps reduce pain, making aquatic therapy the perfect solution for patients suffering from low back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more.

Aquatic Therapy Myth #3:

Aquatic Therapy is only for Patients with Chronic Pain

Nope! Although aquatic therapy is ideal for patients suffering from chronic pain, many other types of patients can benefit from this type of therapy, as well. In fact, at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy, we treat a wide range of injuries and illnesses, from foot pain to balance disorders to sports injuries to neurological problems and so much more.

Aquatic Therapy Myth #4:

The Pool Is Cold

Actually, the aquatic therapy pool is kept very warm. This helps decrease spasms and pain, promoting muscle relaxation.

Aquatic Therapy Myth #5:

I have to spend the whole Time in the Pool

Nope. The overall goal is to help speed recovery and transition to land-based physical therapy. Because of this, many of our patients do a combination of aquatic and traditional therapy.

So is aquatic therapy right for you? The only way to find out is to ask your doctor.

If you have any questions about Aquatic Therapy, please contact Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy by visiting today! And if you are a new patient, please review our New Patient Forms page before your first visit.