The web definition for aquatic therapy, is physical therapy that is performed in the water (yes it can be that simple). Aquatic therapy can refer to a number of different activities, but it is essentially therapy conducted in water with the purpose of recovering from injury or improving conditioning. Surprisingly, water therapy is not a recent discovery, rather it has been around since the 5th century. In the 5th century BC Hippocrates first prescribed bathing in spring water to relieve illness and evidence of using water to treat various health issues is found in Egyptian, Japanese, Persian and Roman civilizations. Typically, health and fitness fads come and go (remember Richard Simmons, ThighMaster, Jane Fonda Videos, SuanaSuits, Toning Shoes, Bowflex home gym- you get the picture), but the use of water has remained constant! The reason for its longevity is because, it’s been proven effective.

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