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aquatic therapy
Why Aquatic Therapy?
  • Aquatic Therapy is used to restore pain-free functional abilities necessary for work, daily living, and recreational activities.
  • In the water, weight bearing on the joints is greatly reduced, allowing for exercise to be performed with reduced pain levels.
  • Utilized by a skilled practitioner, the hydrodynamic principles of water can be effectively used to increase movement, flexibility, strength, balance and endurance.
  • The therapist can initiate active rehabilitation in the water earlier in the recovery process, helping facilitate movements that the patient would normally be unable to perform on land.

Conditions Treated
  • Post-surgical joint replacements
  • Joint degeneration
  • Arthritis
  • Low back pain/disc herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
Injury Specific Therapy
  • An individual hydrotherapy program is designed for the patient based on the specific problem areas identified in the initial assessment.
  • Therapy is progressive and directed towards a functional recovery on land.
  • Aquatic Therapy will include flexibility, range of motion (ROM), strengthening, core stabilization, posture corrections and functional movement integration (restoring normal movement of the injured area).
  • Patients are taught exercises to do on their own once competent.
What to Expect With Aquatic Therapy
  • First visit is at the clinic for a consultation
  • Treatment time is approximately 40-60 minutes in the water
  • You do not need to know how to swim and will never be put in a situation you deem as unsafe
  • Different depths of water will be used depending on the condition and goals of treatment
  • You need to bring you own towel and swimsuit