Assisted by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, aquatic physical therapy utilizes hydrodynamic principles to guide techniques that stretch, strengthen, balance train, and re-educate muscles. It can also be used to unload the spine and other joints of the body.
Although aquatic physical therapy may benefit most patients, post-operative patients find it an essential component to their rehabilitation program. With a decreased gravity environment, patients are able to exercise with achieve their goals.
When the therapist feels that the patient is ready, they will be transitioned to a land-based program. On land, the patient will be challenged to work against gravity, in order to increase their functional mobility.
The depth of the pool ranges from three and a half to six and a half feet, and measures forty feet in length and twenty feet in width. The temperature of our pool is kept within a comfortable range to satisfy most therapeutic needs.