Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is a unique form of physical therapy that incorporates water to unload the body during exercise to improve movement with less pain and difficulty. Performing exercise in the water provides many benefits. The unique properties of the water decrease compression through the joints, can reduce inflammation and improves pain-free movement. Aquatic therapy is a great tool for those patients who have difficulty performing exercises on land.

Benefits of the water:


  • Reduces Joint Impact
  • Allows for ease of movement
  • Improves range of motion

Therapeutic temperature (94 degrees)

  • Facilitates muscle relaxation
  • Decreases Pain
  • Decreases abnormal tone, spasticity and rigidity
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases blood flow

Hydrostatic pressure

  • Increases venous return and circulation
  • Provides joint positional awareness
  • Decreases edema


  • Provides resistance for strength training
  • Stimulates body awareness
  • Improves trunk stability

Psychosocial benefit

  • Improves attitude and patient morale
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Positive medium to allow patient return to prior level of function​

Common Diagnoses seen:

  • Low back pain
  • Post-op (spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle)
  • Imbalance/Fall Risk
  • Neuro patients
  • Chronic Pain

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