Pool therapy & water exercise
Aquatic therapy is a way to relieve physical stress to the body by using the buoyancy and natural resistance of water. Aquatic exercise addresses balance, neuromuscular coordination, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance.
Warm-Water Therapeutic Pool
Our heated therapeutic pool is used for physical therapy and fitness classes. We also have open pool times when you can come and work out in the warm water on your own, with fitness center membership.
The therapy pool is equipped with the following:
- Hydraulic chair lift
- Underwater treadmill
- Adjustable current
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy is a way to relieve physical stress to the body by using the buoyancy and natural resistance of water. Water provides the body with additional support to assist movement and decrease pain.
When you’re in the water, your body only feels a fraction of your weight. This takes stress off your joints, so you can tolerate more activity. By using the water to facilitate strength, balance, and range of motion exercises, you will make faster progress towards your goals.
- Earlier mobility: Water buoyancy reduces body weight and joint stress, so you can exercise safely and more comfortably.
- Reduced swelling: The hydrostatic pressure reduces swelling and can minimize joint or muscle pain.
- Increased strength: The water surface tension creates gentle resistance, allowing you to gradually strengthen weak muscles.
- Aquatic therapy is especially effective for patients after surgery or injury because it allows for earlier weight-bearing activities, which leads to less pain and a faster recovery.
Aquatic therapists work one-on-one with clients to provide a rehabilitation program for:
- Balance problems
- Multiple sclerosis - To aid patients in maintaining and possibly improving their strength and muscle control
- Post stroke care - To help patients regain basic life skills and lost function
- Prolonged immobilization - To assist patients in relearning balance and control after a prolonged period of inactivity or immobilization
- General conditioning - Assists patients in regaining strength in an environment where body weight is minimized as gravity is countered by the person's buoyancy
- Surgical rehabilitation – Allows patients to work on building strength and range of motion in a controlled weight environment.