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What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?

Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Wellness has Bluffton’s only Aquatic Therapy Center. Aquatic Therapy is a very useful tool in returning patients to their normal activities. Our aquatics program can be used by a variety of patients. Post-surgical, post-stroke, and athletes of all ages in return to sport. Patients who cannot exercise on land benefit greatly from the water. The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance treatments for patients/clients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary conditions.

What is the difference between “aquatic physical therapy” and “aquatic exercise?”

Aquatic physical therapy requires the "skilled service" of a Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapists' Assistant (PTA) which may include:

Aquatic Exercise, on the other hand, is the utilization of water for the implementation of quality of life, fitness-related or general health-related goals; can be delivered in a group setting that includes multiple clients and diagnoses; can be delivered by an individual other than a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant; and usually has little or no accompanying paperwork, insurance involvement or written follow-up information required.

(Source: APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy: https://aquaticpt.org)

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