Aquatic Therapy

If you are recovering from surgery, injury or illness, aerobic strengthening in the pool may help you feel better and achieve maximum mobility and function. Patients with these conditions can benefit from aquatic therapy:

  • Arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis
  • Weakness and decreased endurance
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Total hip or knee replacement
  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Pre-surgery or post-surgery
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries

Evaluations by experienced therapists include assessments of:

  • Range of motion assessment
  • Functional abilities
  • Strength and endurance
  • Aerobic capacity

Benefits and outcomes 

  • Water’s buoyancy decreases pressure on joints, increasing range of motion and flexibility while reducing pain associated with movement. 
  • Because water is denser than air, it provides a natural resistance, helping to build muscle strength.
  • Exercising in water produces higher aerobic benefits at lower levels of exertion.


Our aquatic therapy program features a Hydroworx 1500 Aquatic Therapy pool, a popular choice for many university and professional sports teams. An integrated treadmill and powerful resistance jets maximize recovery. Multiple depths allow a person to vary the amount of weight he or she bears. An underwater camera monitors treatment and is projected on a viewing screen at eye level with the patient and therapist, who can then easily see incorrect and abnormal movements and make necessary adjustments. The pool is fully handicapped-accessible and includes a lift for patients who may need assistance getting in and out.

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