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Water Slide Show

  1. 1. Water Therapy Benefits<br />For Occupational and Physical Therapists<br />Presented by <br />Sarah Hodge<br />
  2. 2. A Brief History<br />Water Therapy has been recorded as a medicinal aid for many ancient cultures including:<br />the Greeks<br /> Romans<br /> Turks<br />the Chinese Empire.<br />Currently Water Therapy started its new life as a therapeutic aid in the early 1900’s in Austria.<br />
  3. 3. What is Water Therapy?<br />Water Therapy is any therapy that is done in water, preferably heated to 84-94 degrees. At these temperatures the body relaxes and allows for more movement.<br />Usually it is done one on one with passive and aggressive exercises depending on the clients need and ability.<br />Water therapy is also known as Aqua therapy.<br />
  4. 4. Why water therapy?<br />Water therapy:<br />Therapy including weight bearing can begin shortly after surgeries.<br />The hydrostatic pressure of the water helps prevent swelling during therapy.<br />Works core muscles and the focus muscle group with balance<br />Traditional Therapies:<br />Therapy is gradual and slow on weight bearing.<br />Injuries need to stay wrapped or braced to prevent swelling and limiting range of motion.<br />Focuses mainly on one muscle group.<br />
  5. 5. ExampleAn injured leg<br />Weight bearing exercises are not an option with traditional therapies<br />With water ,weight bearing exercises are optional and the buoyancy of the water helps to activate the other muscles<br />
  6. 6. Back Injury<br />Standard Therapy, could take weeks or months longer for healing, the pressure could cause more pain or disfunction.<br />Water therapy takes the pressure of off the back and the buoyancy of the water allows for strengthening exercises to be done sooner.<br />
  7. 7. Conclusion<br />Water Therapy is just beginning to touch the borders of the possibilities for rehabilitation. <br /> Given more time and research the results could become mind blowing in the short amount of time rehabilitation is needed in the future.<br />
  8. 8. Referances<br />Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, Home page. n.d. 20 Febuary 2010 <http://www.atri.org/index.html>.<br />Aquatic Therapy Education, Articles of interest. n.d. 24 February 2010 <http://www.atri.org/Articles_of_Interest.htm>.<br />Swedish Covenant Hospital, The science of feeling better. 2003-2010. 23 febuary 2010 <http://www.swedishcovenant.org/visit/content.asp?id=a3018_4677_0_182294>.<br />

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