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The Wellness Center has 2 therapeutic pools with temperatures of 88 and 92 degrees with depths ranging from 3 ½ to 6 feet. If you have weight bearing restrictions, balance and gait deficits, fibromyalgia, arthritic conditions, joint replacements, postural deviations, or joint or muscle pain, aquatic therapy may be helpful to you. You do not need to be able to swim to enjoy the benefits of aquatic therapy!

Other benefits of aquatic therapy:

  • Decreased stress on joints
  • Early weight bearing
  • Normalizing gait
  • Reduced lower extremity swelling
  • Increased flexibility/relaxation of muscle tightness
  • Ability for increased resistance/strengthening

A goal of aquatic therapy is to help you progress to a more functional, land based program. Before you begin your aquatic care, an evaluation will take place on land. A plan will be developed with you and your therapist to determine how best to meet your goals. In most cases, a combination of aquatic and land based therapy is indicated.

Why is aquatic therapy so beneficial?

  • Buoyancy. Promotes muscle relaxation and flexibility and allows you to exercise weak muscles.
  • Traction. When submerged in water, there is a natural traction upon the body that helps to reduce pain and increase flexibility.
  • Three-Dimensional Resistance. Water provides resistance in all directions, training the body in a different manner than land therapy does.
  • Viscosity. The viscosity of water is 10 to 15 times more resistant than air, encouraging muscle strengthening.
  • Hydrostatic pressure. The pressure of the water aids in reducing lower-limb swelling and assists with core stabilization by providing compression on the body and support to injured or painful joints and soft tissue.

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Aquatic therapy must be prescribed by your physician, and consists of one-on-one sessions with a specialized therapist. Your aquatic treatment plan is created following an evaluation. We also offer aquatic classes, which meet a broad spectrum of needs, in our pools.

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