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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

A licensed therapist will evaluate you on land and then design a customized pool treatment plan to meet your needs and goals. Your plan will be periodically updated based on your progress. Your care will be provided by a licensed health care professional.

Ask your doctor for a prescription/referral for aquatic therapy. Most insurances are accepted, but the therapy/program coverage depends on individual insurance benefits. Discount programs are available for those that qualify.


Aquatic therapy program

Aquatic therapy is a specialized type of therapy treatment that involves performing exercises and mobility activities in the water, typically in a heated, therapeutic pool. The water’s buoyancy reduces the weight and stress on your spine and extremity joints, allowing you to perform movements that might be difficult, painful or uncomfortable on land.

The temperature of the pool water is usually maintained between 92-96 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm water assists in relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow to injured and painful areas. When pool jets are available, they can be used and adjusted to provide customized resistance levels for your specific strengthening needs.

Benefits

  • allows for earlier activity to improve function, improving morale
  • uses water to reduce gravity’s effects and provide support, thus reducing pain, muscle spasm, joint stress and swelling
  • unlike land therapy, the water’s buoyancy and resistance allows you to strengthen muscle with reduced joint stress
  • uses water pressure to improve joint awareness and decreases joint and soft tissue swelling that results after injury or with arthritic disorders
  • the warm water assists in relaxing muscles, improving flexibility and increasing blood flow to injured areas
  • increase blood supply to muscle and improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular system

Aquatic therapy might be right to you if you have

  • arthritis
  • an athletic injury
  • back pain
  • bone, joint or muscle pain/injury
  • chronic pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • joint replacement and spine surgery
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • You should not participate in aquatic therapy if you have

  • a fever or infection
  • cardiac disease
  • bowel/bladder leakage
  • open wounds, non-healed incisions
  • bromine/chlorine allergy
  • extreme fear of water