Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center of Aberdeen, SD
    Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center of Aberdeen, SD    
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Specialized Services
   • Aquatic Physical Therapy
   • Vestibular Rehab - Equilibrium, Dizziness
   • Custom Foot Orthotics
   • Women's Health
   • TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
   • Spine Rehabilitation
Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center of Aberdeen, SD

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center utilizes a Ferno Performance Pool to provide aquatic physical therapy. Aquatic physical therapy is rehabilitation that is done in a heated pool of water and compliments traditional land-based exercise. Physical therapists use the water and specific exercises to enhance, restore, maintain, and increase a person's functional abilities. Benefits of aquatic therapy include:

• Improved muscle strength and tone
• Increased cardiovascular function
• Increased range of motion and flexibility
• Increased strength and endurance
• Increased circulation
• Decreased swelling
• Reduced stress on joints and muscles

Some conditions that can be treated with aquatic therapy include:
• Chronic back pain
• Knee injuries
• Ankle injuries
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson's Disease
• Total joint replacements
• Repetitive stress disorders
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Arthritis
• Pregnancy
• Athletic injuries
• Neck pain 

4 Components of Aquatic Therapy
Buoyancy - provides assistance and support. Allows a person to move more easily with decreased stress on muscles, joints, and bones.

Heat- Warm water relaxes muscles and increases joint range of motion.

Hydrostatic Pressure- The water helps blood circulate from the legs to the heart, which helps reduce swelling. With decreased swelling, joint tenderness is reduced and range of motion can increase.

Resistance- Helps improve balance and strength in all muscle directions. On land, resistance is felt in only one direction. Resistance also increases sensory awareness.