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Aquatic Therapy

The Aquatic Program is designed especially for patients recovering from spinal, orthopedic and neurological conditions.

The pool is a comfortable 94 degrees and features stairs with railings for easy access, terraced depths with grab bars, an underwater treadmill, and resistance devices.

Due to the buoyancy of the water, aquatic therapy allows patients to exercise more comfortably and earlier than traditional physical therapy, with less pain and swelling. Patients can also use the natural resistance of the water to increase range-of-motion, strength, and balance.

Tera Gawel, PT, OCS and John

John, a patient suffering from chronic low back pain found that he was able to exercise with less pain and that his functional abilities had improved. "Now I can walk much further and have an easier time with household chores," he said.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

This physical therapy program takes advantage of the many benefits of exercising in water and is designed to:

  • Promote an earlier return to safe activity
  • Promote functional mobility to improve basic and instrumental activities of daily living
  • Develop strengthening programs for patients who do not tolerate land-based exercise
  • Progress the patient's strengthening program from the water to land as appropriate
  • Develop pain management strategies to allow increases in active range of motion and flexibility
  • Improve balance and proprioception
  • Promote lumbar stabilization
  • Improve gait training


Outpatient rehabilitation services are covered by most insurance plans.

Private Pay Programs

The Aquatic Therapy program also includes water exercise programs not covered by insurance including:

  • Aqua Adults: exercise program for the promotion of health, wellness and prevention
  • Arthritis Pool Program: a program designed specifically for adults with arthritis: Continuous 4-week sessions
  • Aqua-Kids: a program designed specifically for children with arthritis; an 8-week non-competitive aquatic therapy program ideally suited for kids who are comfortable in the water. Classes include gentle active exercises, swimming activities and free play.

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