What is Aquatic Therapy Exercises?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: Water aerobics Core Strengthening Aquatic Exercise Arthritis Association Warm Water Exercise Show all

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See also: Hydrotherapy (water therapy)

Aquatic exercise therapy refers to any program of stretching, lifting and exercising of limbs that takes place in water. Water exercise is a gentle way to exercise joints and muscles. Water supports joints to make movement easier, while it may act as resistance to help build muscle strength.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 80 36
Improve mobility 63 23
General health 43 29
Improve flexibility/strength 20 9
Stiffness/spasticity 19 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 15
Mild 23
None 68

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 12
Pain 5
Muscle soreness 4
Muscle pain 3
Muscle and joint pain 2
Burning sensation 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 hr weekly 4
3 hr weekly 2
2 other weekly 1
1 hr m,w,f 1
1 hr daily 1
35 min every other week 1
60 min weekly 1
90 min weekly 1
40 min 3 times a week 1
120 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 44
Course of treatment ended 20
Expense 18
Did not seem to work 8
I didn't have enough time 8
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 5
Doctor's advice 4
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently doing Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 8

Stopped doing Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 41
Usually 47
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 33
A little hard to take 44
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 2
$50-99 22
$25-49 20
< $25 28
Not specified 31
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16 patient evaluations for Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle pain, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: My gym has a zero entry pool (no stairs or ladders) which I LOVE to use. I just walk back and forth going forward & backward and side stepping. It's so liberating to be able to actually walk upright without any walker or wheelchair! However, it's very easy to overdo it and I pay for it the next day.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Feb 25, 2013 (Started Jan 24, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 45 min M,W,F
Advice & Tips: 45 minutes of exercise to gain energy for the rest of the day and into the night. Worth it!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Dec 27, 2011 (Started Jun 22, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in upper back)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in knee(s))
  • Side effects
    Severe (post exertional exhaustion, pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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