Aquatic Therapy Offers Many Benefits, Helps People with Chronic Pain, Rehabilitation, Arthritis and More
(DAKOTA DUNES, SD) – The many benefits of water have been known forever.
One Siouxland company is making the most of water to help heal patients.
CNOS offers aquatic therapy for those dealing with any number of ailments. Aquatic
therapy begins with a physician referral and an evaluation from a CNOS physical
therapist to determine if pool work is suitable for that individual patient.
“The buoyancy of water reduces the pressure on joints, helping to alleviate pain,” says
Jennifer Lauer PT, DPT, OCS at CNOS. “This helps the patient to move with greater
ease and less pain.”
In addition, Lauer sites many other advantages of aquatic therapy:
• Water buoyancy helps support balance and reduce fear and risk of falling.
• It reduces weight bearing cautions for those recovering from orthopaedic surgery.
• Water’s natural resistance improves strength.
• It improves mobility and can gradually increase range of motion.
• Hydrostatic pressure from water reduces swelling, improves circulation and
Many can benefit from being treated in the pool. Chronic pain, fibromyalgia, sports
rehabilitation, neuro rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, balance training,
osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are among some of the most common conditions.
Lauer emphasizes the importance of consulting with both your physician and CNOS
physical therapist to determine your best therapeutic approach.
“Sometimes we determine that the patient could benefit from land-based therapy
as well. So, there is an option to do a combination of land-based and pool-based
Physicians can refer directly to CNOS, and following a scheduled consultation, make
appointments for CNOS aquatic therapy to take place at the South Sioux City YMCA.
“We understand the many benefits aquatic therapy provides to our patients achieving
their optimal outcomes,” says Dr. Brandee Koedam, CNOS Therapy and Sports Medicine
Director. “With our YMCA partnership and their amazing pool facility, aquatic therapy is
now just another of many services CNOS therapy can offer the Siouxland community.”
For questions or further information, please contact Suzi Gausman. 605-217-2851
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