Aquatic therapy uses water to provide a low-gravity environment for the application of many different therapeutic practices.
Providing treatment in water has a long historical precedent in many world cultures. The International Council for Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Industry (ICATRI) was organized to formalize minimal training in aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is not a holistic health practice by itself; rather, it is specific training that allows a practitioner to practise in a water environment.
If a practitioner recognizes that aquatic therapy may benefit their client, they may opt to use it. By releasing the burden of gravity, therapeutic application of some treatments may become more effective and reduce the effort required for some application techniques. Practitioners require specialized training in aquatic therapy in addition to their other practices.
Benefits of aquatic therapy include increased relaxation and comfort during the treatment. As aquatic therapy is performed in a water environment, it reduces the motion and stress barriers some clients may have.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.