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At MetroWest Medical Center, we understand how important a thorough, customized rehabilitation and therapy program is to every patient. Everything we do is designed to return to you quickly and safely to your full, complete life.

Aquatic therapy is one of our most popular rehabilitation areas. MetroWest Medical's Wellness Center location offers two therapeutic pools with temperatures from 88 to 92 degrees. Both feature shallow and deep-water areas to accommodate individual needs. Integrating aquatic therapy with traditional “land” therapy encourages earlier return to activities of daily living and improved quality of life.

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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