Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy relies on the unique physical properties of water to enhance rehabilitation.

Physical properties include buoyancy, relative density, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity and surface tension.

Aquatic therapy helps to unload joints, assist or resist movement and increases lung performance.

Working with an experienced therapist in a pool or on an underwater treadmill, you will discover many benefits: greater pain free movement, relaxing muscles, and because of water resistance, increased strength and endurance.

The purpose of aquatic therapy is to:

  • improve cardiovascular efficiency
  • increase strength and power
  • increase joint range of motion
  • assist in gait training and functional activities
  • reduce pain and muscle spasm
  • increase proprioceptive and kinesthetic awareness

Who Is Aquatic Therapy For?

Patients who may benefit from aquatic therapy include those experiencing:

  • Weight-bearing limitations
  • Mobility issues
  • Balance/coordination impairments
  • Pain
  • Sensory impairments
  • Tone issues
  • Decreased endurance or cardiovascular function
  • Weakness
  • Significant postural abnormalities
  • Difficulty tolerating land therapy

What Does Aquatic Therapy Involve?

The aquatic therapy setting is a warm water pool or underwater treadmill.

Exercises are led by a rehabilitation clinician under the guidance of a physical therapist, using various equipment as appropriate.

Exercises include:

  • General stretching exercises
  • Strengthening activities
  • Dynamic balance training
  • Spinal stabilization
  • Cardiovascular conditioning

Preparing for Aquatic Therapy

You will need a physician’s referral to set up an initial evaluation appointment.

What to Bring

Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

When to Arrive

Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit to complete your registration process.

For children under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present for the initial appointment.

What to Expect

The first visit will take a little longer, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This provides the therapist time to talk with you and gather information and measurements.

The therapist may give you a home exercise program to help get you started on your road to recovery.