Aquatic Therapy | Middlesex Hospital

(gentle piano and violin music) – The premise of aquatic
therapy is to allow a patient to expedite quickly their ability
to move and get their body to function the way it’s
supposed to function. The patients I normally
see are surgical patients, such as total knees, total
hips, back pain patients, also diabetic patients. The physical properties of
the pool that allow them to truly progress a lot
quicker than they would on land are hydrostatic pressure,
which can help reduce swelling that might be in their legs. The buoyancy aspect and
the warm water allows them to really feel more
relaxed and less weighted, so they can actually
tolerate more stresses on the specific body part
that they’re coming for. The size of the pool is
12,000 gallons of water. It’s roughly 20 feet long by 15 feet wide with the majority of
it being four feet deep and a small section of
it being six feet deep. There is access into
the pool via staircase and/or a chairlift. The chairlift is a great tool
for us because it gives us an option to get patients into the pool much safely than using
the stairs in some cases because of weight-bearing
status and/or balance issues that some patients may have. I try to make it very
comfortable for them. I stay right next to them.
I’m in the water with them. And even if I have to hold their hand and guide them through
their rehab, I will. (light piano music)

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