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Aquatic therapy

Using the properties of water to assist patients in their rehabilitation

Woman in pool with therapist

Performing aquatic therapy exercises in a 90-degree warm water pool decreases the amount of weight placed on muscles, joints and bones and provides support for individuals who have trouble maintaining their balance.

Having water surround the body also helps blood circulate from the legs to the heart, often reducing any swelling in the ankles and feet. And, depending on the speed of movement, water can either assist or resist movement to strengthen muscle.

Patients generally work one-on-one with their therapist or in small groups. Individuals with a variety of conditions may benefit from aquatic therapy, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back injuries
  • General bone and joint injuries
  • Joint replacements
  • Neurological conditions, such as stroke
  • Sports injuries

Getting started with aquatic therapy

  • Physician referral
  • Initial evaluation by physical or occupational therapist before first pool session. Any special concerns or problems may be addressed during this evaluation and later sessions.
  • Swimming skills are not needed

To learn more about aquatic therapy, call 217-535-3685.