Sentara Albemarle Medical Center offers aquatic therapy to patients through the Albemarle Family YMCA, in Elizabeth City.

Aquatic therapy is a water-based rehabilitation program that takes advantage of the buoyancy and resistance of water to facilitate low-impact exercise. Patients with fibromyalgia, back pain, knee pain, diabetes, coronary artery disease, pulmonary diseases, stroke, joint replacement, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and shoulder pain — as well as pregnant women and athletes — can benefit from aquatic therapy. It helps patients by allowing therapists to exercise a patient’s affected area in an environment that puts little or no stress upon muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. Water lets your body get the exercise and movement it needs to help heal without the physical wear and stress of most traditional exercises.

Patients do not need to know how to swim to take part in aquatic therapy, as most of the activity takes place in waist-deep water. In addition to supervision by a qualified rehabilitation therapist, all water-related activity takes place under the watchful eye of trained YMCA lifeguards.

Aquatic therapy services require a physician referral. Patients enrolled in aquatic therapy through Sentara Albemarle Medical Center do not need a YMCA membership.

For more information about our aquatic therapy services, please call 252-384-4632.