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Aquatic Therapy

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OrthoSport is the only company in the area that offers aquatic therapy in all of its locations. Aquatic therapy offers pain free rehab for most injuries and enables the patient to recover much faster than they would with more traditional methods. All aquatic therapy is one on one with a licensed therapist in a private and relaxed setting. Using built in or bi-directional treadmills with resistive jets for performance challenges on all levels, patients reach their goals in record times.

What is Aquatic Rehabilitation?

Performing exercise in the water can be beneficial for a variety of individuals with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders. Aquatic therapy differs from land therapy due to the specific properties of water. These unique properties decrease joint compression forces, may reduce inflammation and provide feedback for improving posture. The resistance of the water during exercise provides a safe environment for addressing balance, strength, and postural deficits. For those patients who may have difficulty exercising on land, aquatic therapy provides a comfortable and therapeutic medium in which to gain strength and endurance.

Who is Aquatic Rehabilitation for?

Many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions may benefit from aquatic therapy including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Impaired balance disorders
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Post surgical cases
  • Sports rehabilitation

What does Aquatic Rehabilitation involve?

At OrthoSport Physical Therapy locations, the initial physical therapy evaluation takes place in the physical therapy gym where treatment goals and plan of care is initiated. If pool therapy is indicated the therapist will establish follow up physical therapy sessions in the water. It is not necessary for patients to know how to swim before initiating an aquatic therapy program. A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant directs each treatment session. Access to the pool may be by either stairs, ladder or ramp depending on location.

We suggest that patients consider bringing:

  • swimsuit (required)
  • a cover-up or towel
  • water shoes to protect their feet in the pool area
  • plastic bottle with drinking wat