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Some Powerful Quotes about Aquatic Therapy


Another need expressed by the press is a quick resource base for "ready made" quotes on aquatic therapy (for those infrequent occasions when your working in the middle of the night on deadline). So, just for you, Aquaticnet.com has provided some quotes for your articles.

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Why water brings magic to therapy
"Submerge a client in a thermoneutral therapy pool, and you eliminate the temperature gradient between skin and air. Have her close her eyes; she instantly loses the ability to determine where her body ends. Immerse her ears, and you eliminate sound. Lift her feet from the bottom of the pool, hold her in a flexed position, she feels safe like an infant. Let her body rise and fall in the water with her breath. In the pool's three-dimensional environment, the water itself becomes the treatment table." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

Aquatic therapy as dance
"In water, gravity loses its strength and the body's joints are unloaded, yet available, unlike when positioned on land. The warmth of the water establishes an environment of relaxation and peacefulness. The client is touched and touch by itself is often healing. Fluid movements are easier to perform than their counterparts on land. Joint mobilization, soft tissue elongation, and massage become less like therapy -- and more like dance." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

The language of water
"Water is as much a part of our language as it is a part of our bodies and our planet. In the ancient Sumerian language, the first letter of alphabet, A, was the word for water and also signified regeneration. Water provides us the means to communicate with each other, with ourselves, with our planet and with the cosmos - and to inspire change." Sara Firman-Pitt, BSc. MPhil., Aquaest Retreat, Ozarks, MO (contact: AquaEstRetreat@aol.com) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

Floating with ease
"In air you must hold yourself up but in the virtually gravity-free environment of water you are held up. Let go and you will float free; hold on and you plummet like a stone. In floating with ease, breath is central - the more aware you are of the breath and how it enhances or facilitates movement, the greater will be your sense of freedom."
Sara Firman-Pitt, BSc. MPhil., Aquaest Retreat, Ozarks, MO (contact: AquaEstRetreat@aol.com) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

Immersion as homecoming
"Originating in the primal soup, nurtured in the watery womb, made mostly of liquid substance ourselves, the aquatic experience can be a homecoming. An ancient birthing ritual or baptism into life is being enacted." Sara Firman-Pitt, BSc. MPhil., Aquaest Retreat, Ozarks, MO (contact: AquaEstRetreat@aol.com)

Drawing from our history
"Water is in our every cell, it comprises over 70% of our bodies and before birth we are afloat in it. We can speculate that our bodies still hold memories of all water aspects experienced in our personal development and evolution of life. Perhaps we can draw on this to restore a profound sense of flowing balance to our lives, both physically and psychologically." Sara Firman-Pitt, BSc. MPhil., Aquaest Retreat, Ozarks, MO (contact: AquaEstRetreat@aol.com)

Aquatic exercise for strength training
"Water exercise is the most like isokinetic strength-training in that resistance increases as the patient attempts to increase the speed of movement. Resistance changes according to the amount of force the patient generates at every joint angle (and thus at multiple muscle length-tension relationships). Water-based exercise also has the same protective features (the resistance disappears when patient quits pushing) as isokinetic exercise. However, water exercise is more complicated than isokinetic exercise. Resistance doesn't come from the speed of movement alone; it also comes from the combined effect of gravity, buoyancy, viscosity, surface tension, turbulence, and momentum. Thus, the therapist has near infinite permutations and combinations to offer the patient." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

The joy of Watsu (water shiatsu)
"In a Watsu session, the practitioner holds a patient in his arms in a flexed (read 'fetal') posture while synchronizing flotation with breath. After this initial period, known as the Water Breath Dance, a series of movements follow which incorporate majestic swoops and body tucks and waves. And, -- somehow, most difficult of all -- stillness. In the midst of spinal flexion, the practitioner may pause and perform effleurage massage to the erector spinae muscles. Acupressure and Shiatsu are mixed with stretch. Segmental breathing is paired with rib mobilization. Motion is paired with peace." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

What is aquatic therapy, really?
"It is important to note that the term aquatic therapy is nothing more than an efficient way to describe a cluster of interventions performed in the water. It describes quite rightly where the action took place, but nothing on who did the work, to whom, how and for what purpose. In a nutshell, it is a bit of a convenience. Unfortunately, the term "aquatic therapy" gets bantered about so loosely that it -- and everything which comprises it -- remains hazy." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

Who can perform aquatic therapy?
"The procedure "aquatic therapy" is not provider-specific. It can arguably be performed by several legally-regulated healthcare providers who have scopes of practice which permit them to perform such services. However, all healthcare providers who can legally perform aquatic therapy are not permitted to perform every intervention which is included under the umbrella term "aquatic therapy". In other words, providers must operate under same limitations to scope of practice under which they operate on land. By entering the pool, all scopes of practice do not become equal." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

"Imagine the health care clinic. The facility is filled with rooms with different characteristics which the therapist intends to use to the benefit of the patient. Room A is a quiet, warm, softly lit room used for treatment of patients who are agitated or confused. Room B is a gymnasium complete with loud voices, brightly painted toys, many people, perhaps even music. When a patient enters Room A, has he received "physical therapy?" No. It is only when a therapist uses the characteristics unique to that location (gravity, neutral warmth, inhibition of senses) and applies a unique understanding of anatomy, pathophysiology, and kinesiology to alter the patient's impairments, disabilities and handicaps, that it becomes physical therapy. The same applies to a pool. Activity in the pool does not become aquatic therapy until a recognized healthcare clinician provides it." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

The difference between aquatic therapy and hydrotherapy
"It undeniable that water has been used throughout our history as a modality to elicit the passive transmission of heat, cold, chemicals, friction, pressure or a combination of the same by immersing the body or body part. It is, however, an important distinction to describe the difference between the use of water as a passive modality (hydrotherapy) and the use of water for an active procedure. The term "aquatic therapy" should be reserved for the latter as is evident by the manner in which the American Medical Association has chosen to define it." Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, Founder, Aquaticnet.com (Powered by the Aquatic Resources Network) (contact: asalzman@aquaticnet.com)

 
 

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