For centuries, water has been used for recreational and therapeutic use. New technologies and treatments have given aquatics a whole new importance in the fields of occupational and physical therapy. Therapies use aquatics and rehab techniques so a patient can regain motion at a quicker pace and have less pain.
Water is an excellent exercise medium for a wide variety of patients. Its natural buoyancy allows freedom of movement without jarring or putting strain on the body. The water's resistance encourages strengthening of the muscles, and its properties alleviate pain and facilitate motion.