As a licensed and qualified physical therapist, Rochester, MN, native Michael Milnes has operated a private practice for more than two decades. His practice has expanded steadily over the years due to, among other reasons, his desire to integrate better approaches to physical therapy. One of these approaches is hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy entails the use of water in providing therapy. It is a practice that relies on water's various properties to allow exercise. The increased buoyancy in water, for example, allows more activity to be performed than would be permitted on a hard surface. The water temperature can also be raised and decreased at will, promoting circulation of blood and flexibility.
To conduct hydrotherapy, a unique pool has to be used. One of the main aspects of this pool is the temperature functionality, which allows a patient to fully relax in warm water, thus encouraging circulation and reducing pain. A hydrotherapy pool is typically rectangular and can vary in depth to allow for deep-water work. Many pools also have a hoist to support patients who cannot enter the pool on their own.
Hydrotherapy is beneficial in treating a number of bone and soft tissue injuries, as well as neuromuscular conditions. The buoyancy of water allows individuals to exercise in a comfortable setting with a decreased gravitational force. Thus there's less stress on joints such as the hips and knees. Elderly patients who would not be able to exercise on land can find it more comfortable in the water.
Michael Milnes encourages the use of hydrotherapy to many of his patients.