Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is physical therapy that is performed in the water using the resistance of water instead of weights. The benefit of being underwater is that the body is subject to equal pressure all over. Being underwater decreases weight bearing, allowing individuals who cannot bear weight on land the opportunity to support their body weight with minimal effort. Water can support weak muscles, while enhancing flexibility and range of motion.

The goal of aquatic therapy is to maintain strength, condition and improve overall function. For many patients, water therapy can allow the physical therapist to achieve goals in a shorter time.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Reduces the stressful effects of gravity on the body, offering little or no weight bearing
  • Improves range of motion and flexibility, quickly and safely
  • Decreases swelling
  • Improves circulation
  • Progressive strengthening
  • Assists in relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow to injured areas

Water therapy exercise programs can include a variety of treatments that can be specifically designed to provide relief for many conditions including:

  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Balance and gait dysfunction
  • Low back pain and neck pain
  • Lymphedema and edema problems
  • Orthopedic dysfunctions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Post-polio
  • Pre and post-surgical recovery
  • Spine surgery
  • Stroke

The Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center features highly skilled, specially trained therapists and the northern Palm Beach County’s ONLY full-size, indoor, heated swimming pool equipped with a hydraulic lift and a variety of professional aquatic equipment to meet your physical and occupational therapy needs.