Aquatic Therapy uses Buoyancy and Hydro pressure as two main principles to improve strength and flexibility in individuals with severe joint pain and muscle weakness. Aquatic Therapy offered in our 86-92 degree therapeutic pool offers many benefits to individuals recovering from all phases of injury or illness. Our aquatic therapy treatment is beneficial for patients in post-surgical, non-surgical, orthopedic, rheumatologic, and neurological to chronic pain.
The therapeutic properties of the water combined with the skill and specialized training of our aquatic therapists that will help you improve your mobility and function. You do not have to be a swimmer to participate in or benefit from water therapy.
Patients in aquatic therapy can expect the following benefits:
- Improve joint flexibility – Zero gravity /reduced gravity exercises with buoyancy effect help with decreasing stiffness and improve joint flexibility. Warm water helps with muscle relaxation and decrease muscle soreness.
- Improve muscle strength using resistive qualities of water. It is more resistive than air and helps improve muscle strength.
- One of the important features of water is to help decrease pain. Exercises in warm water Increasing the individuals comfort and improving blood supply it helps decrease pain.2. Increase in muscle strength.
- Walking in water improves gait pattern and balance thereby helps patients with neuropathy improve their balance and ambulation skills.
- Warm water between 88-92 degrees along with hands-on exercise also helps in decreasing rigid tone, spasticity, and rigidity.
Aquatic Therapy is provided by our well trained physical therapists in our therapeutic pool at RVA Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab. It is offered as a modality in conjunction with land-based therapy or by itself as the primary therapy if appropriate. Individuals can access the pool either by sitting down and entering in or a hydraulic lift that uses a chair. Depths range from 2 to 5 feet.
Our aquatic therapy under therapist supervision is by appointment only. Our community program will vary depending on the availability. Our aquatic therapist will customize and train you in an aquatic exercise that is appropriate to your level.
If you wish to continue your aquatic exercise program after therapy ends or if insurance no longer authorizes therapy, you can transition to our community based aquatic wellness program for a reasonable fee.
Fee for community-Based Aquatic Therapy $500 /year or $100/ month and the pools will be open from 2 PM -5 PM Monday to Friday all year except national holidays.