Aquatic therapy enables patients who would have difficulty participating in traditional land-based therapy to begin the rehab process in a less stressful manner. The water allows patients to participate in a program while alleviating the stress on joints and also promotes healing with the warm water by decreasing tension.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
PT, OT and Speech Therapy
Physical therapy involves direct manipulation of the muscles, joints and other parts of the body affected by an injury or chronic illness. Occupational therapy helps people with physical, developmental, mental or emotional disabilities to perform tasks required by their daily lives. Speech therapy is designed to address language and speech disorders. Speech therapists can address these issues as they occur to stop such disorders before they start.
Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluids and protein in the tissue that develops as a result of a malfunction of the lymphatic system. This can occur post surgery, most often related to cancer. Approximately 2.5 million people in the United States develop lymphedema with swelling in the legs, arms, face or trunk.
*Photograph shown is after one treatment.