The purpose of the Aquatics Therapy Manual is to create an informational and instructional tool for therapists working in spinal cord injury outpatient physical therapy center. Aquatic therapy has proven to be a safe and effective means to achieve functional gains in numerous patient populations. Because inpatient discharges are occurring much sooner for patients who sustain a spinal cord injury it is necessary to implement programs that facilitate the functional independence of these persons. Providing aquatic therapy along with traditional outpatient land rehabilitation allows for continued gains to be made once a patient is discharged from their inpatient care for the eventual return to independent functioning.
The first section of this manual gives general information about aquatic therapy while the second section provides more specific information on the benefits of aquatic therapy for patients with spinal cord injuries as well as tools for both patients and therapists that can be used while performing exercise and therapy in the water. Three different sources have evaluated and approved the manual: a subject matter expert, the users of the manual, and a layperson in the community.
Summary of Use:
The documents included in the manual are used on a weekly basis for the construction of the treatment sessions in the water. The Aquatic Therapy Manual provides both general and detailed information on aquatic therapy, which allows it to be highly useful as a reference source for both healthcare providers as well as the general population.
Importance to Members:
This new and unique tool will better equip the therapists working with outpatients with spinal cord injury aquatic program so that they can provide accurate documentation to support the benefits of aquatic therapy as well as allow others to better understand the principles of aquatic therapy.