Knowledge of swimming is no needed, once you work at depth that is suitable for professionals and beginners.
Techniques such as badragaz, Watsu and Jahara are used for rehabilitation treatment. In the water we take advantage of its unique qualities of resistance and buoyancy - guided by one on one interaction with the therapist.
Metabolism in the water allows us to accelerate the energy consumption as well as the lymphatic drainage, which aids in reduction of the inflammatory process and swelling.
Patients with neurological and motor problems find the pool a place to be free of wheelchairs, canes and crutches. This provides a much needed physical and mental space to walk and move without fear.
What else can be done in the water?
1. Strengthening of specific muscle groups and recovery of their functionality after injury or surgery.
2. Improvement of gait and chain of motion, especially for those who have had sustained limited mobility in wheelchairs or prolonged bed rest.
3. Development and re-education of neurological pathways. This is very helpful for people recovering from stroke, Guillain-Barre syndrome and other neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
4. Strengthening and stabilization of the core muscle groups for chronic or acute lower back pain.
5. Specific training for athletes, dancers or weekend warriors!
6. Water Boot Camp: A high intensity workout without the heat. This allows for a greater level of performance to achieve cardiovascular improvement and strengthening. This is one of my favorite activities!
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About me as an Aquatic Therapist
I completed my certification for AT at the Sheba Academic Medical Center, a leading rehabilitation center in Israel. The rehab center works with patients who have a variety of disabilities and traumatic injuries.
The director of the center is Caroline Berman PT. She is at the forefront of developing educational programs for hydrotherapy and aquatic rehabilitation. She has an international reputation for her experience and innovation in physical therapy.
When do I apply aquatic therapy as a part of the therapeutic approach?
All options and care plans for therapy are integrated with input from the patient. However, I encourage aquatic therapy as part of rehabilitation therapy from the beginning. This allows for greater motion and flexibility in the initial stages than can be accomplished out of the water. Additionally, most patients experience a decrease in pain faster with water therapy and especially when the pool is a part of their daily recovery.