Aquatic Therapy : A Type Of Physical Therapy Essay

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Introduction: Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that is done on water instead of land. Aquatic therapy can include water weights, exercises in the water, and water aerobics. Some programs will combine both land and water exercises, and others will be just aquatic exercises. Aquatic therapy takes the weight off people so people are not bearing on all their body weight like they are on land which is called buoyancy.1 Aquatic therapy can be used for many different types of illnesses, diseases, syndromes, disorders, and musculoskeletal problems, including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and multiple sclerosis.1 Aquatic therapy continues to be progressing with research and technology which is causing it to become more popular in physical therapy. It can also help normal, healthy humans live a healthier life by keeping them active and strengthening their cardiovascular system. So this paper will discuss the history of aquatic therapy, the different types of illnesses, diseases, syndromes, disorders, musculoskeletal problems and explain if aquatic therapy can help manage their symptoms, or possibly cure them, and the benefits of aquatic therapy. History of Aquatic Therapy Aquatic therapy has been used in healing the sick and injured since the first civilizations. This includes the formation of spas, where water therapy was created.1 Water and spa therapy were used a lot prior to 1941, but in 1941 World War II occurred and they had to
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