Experienced, professional therapists at Bella Rose work with you to help you acquire your highest level of physical capabilities. Multiple forms of therapies are available depending on your rehabilitation needs including: Massage Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. Once your therapy program has been completed please feel free to check out our wellness programs and services to help you stay in good physical health.
As related to matters of physical and emotional well-being, rehabilitation refers to any process that seeks to restore the patient to a previous level of health. Different types or expressions of the rehabilitative process will focus on the task of restoring at least some function to a damaged body part or utilizing the process of education to equip the individual to compensate for damage that cannot be repaired. At its core, rehabilitation has the goal of assisting individuals to achieve the highest quality of life and health as possible within their circumstances. Physical rehabilitation is a common form of this restoring process. Often utilized after major surgery, an accident, or any event that robs the individual of mobility or function, this form of rehab pairs the patient with trained personnel who help him to recover as much of his former physical prowess as possible. In some cases, the physical therapy used as part of the process is aimed at rebuilding the strength of limbs that may have been damaged in an accident, but are now healed and in need of physical exercise. At other times, the physical rehab may be focused on helping people who have lost a limb learn how to function effectively by expanding their use of the remaining limbs.
This form of rehabilitation is an option as part of our physical and occupational therapy programs and consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a large variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in both patient healing and to enhance exercise performance.
One benefit of aquatic therapy is the buoyancy provided by the water in the pool. While submerged in water, buoyancy assists in supporting patient’s weight. This decreases the amount of weight bearing which reduces the force of stress placed on a patients’ joints. This aspect of aquatic therapy is especially useful for people with arthritis, healing broken bones, or who may be overweight. By decreasing the amount of joint stress it becomes easier and much less painful to exercise.
The viscosity of the water provides an excellent source of resistance that is easily incorporated into any aquatic therapy exercise program. This resistance allows for enhanced muscle strengthening without the need of bulky weights. Using this resistance coupled with the water’s buoyancy allows people to strengthen muscle groups with less joint stress than cannot be experienced on land.
Aquatic therapy also utilizes hydrostatic pressure to both decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. The hydrostatic pressure produces forces perpendicular to the body’s surface. This pressure provides joint positional awareness to the patient. As a result, patient proprioception is improved. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body and the strength of effort being employed in movement. This is important for patients who have experienced joint sprains, as when your ligaments are torn, your proprioception becomes decreased. The hydrostatic pressure also assists in decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling that can result from injury or with many arthritic disorders.
Lastly, the warmth of the water experience during aquatic therapy assists in relaxing muscles and vasodilates vessels, increasing blood flow to injured areas. Patients with muscle spasms, back pain, and fibromyalgia find this aspect of aquatic therapy especially therapeutic. Our pool is kept at 89° to feel like warm bath water for maximum client comfort.
We also utilize many state of the art pieces tools, such as underwater treadmills, bikes and resistance equipment in our pool. Our infinity therapy pods allow you to swim in place, adjusting the resistance and workout you receive. The hot tub offers you a place to relax after your workout and our private changing rooms with wheelchair accessible showers give you the privacy you deserve. You and your family can even join our Aquatic Zumba and Aquatic Aerobics classes, available for all ages. Our staff is always right there with you, directing and encouraging your aquatic therapy in the pool.
Drop by and meet our staff, we would be happy to give you a tour, show you the benefits of aquatic therapy or answer any of your questions. We are Northern Michigan’s premier aquatic therapy center and we would love to show you why. Ask your physician about the aquatic therapy program at Bella Rose Rehabilitation & Aquatic Center.