The Hydrodynamic Benefits of Warm-Water Aquatic Therapy
Specialized Aquatic Therapy is performed by physical and occupational therapists in Marianjoy's state-of-the-art Aquatic Therapy Center, either in conjuction with land-based therapy or as a stand -alone treatment option.
The hydrodynamic principles of aquatic therapy can help patients reach their therapy goals. By decreasing the force of gravity on the body, the buoyancy of water provides ease of movement and offers an environment to address balance issues safely, without the fear of falling or need to support body weight.
The water's hydrostatic pressure also offers sufficient resistance to increase body awareness
and improve muscle strength and endurance. As a result, patients in the Aquatic Therapy Program can achieve their treatment goals with less joint and muscle stress than in a traditional clinical environment.
Benefits of warm-water aquatic therapy include:
• Post-operative pain reduction
• Joint pain reduction
• Low-impact resistive exercises
• Spasticity reduction
• Buoyant support for balance
• Graded-depth weight-bearing exercises
Patients can enter the pool by using stairs or an accessible lift.
Aquatic Exercise Groups
Adult Groups for Prior Aquatic Therapy Patients
Patients who have previously received aquatic therapy at Marianjoy mau participate in one of our ongoing adult community pool programs, which enable individuals to continue their aquatic exercise independently as recommended by their therapists after being discharged. A Marianjoy therapist is on-hand in the pool during the designated timeframes to answer any questions or provide assistance as needed. Participants must be fully continent, have intact skin with no open areas or wounds and be medically stable to perform exercise in a warm water environment. For more information on these programs or to download the registration form, please CLICK HERE.
Pediatric Aquatic Exercise Groups
Pool classes are designed for children who have medical conditions requiring aquatic exercise. Most participants have had previous aquatic therapy experience and are ready to participate in a group setting. Pool class instructors are physical or occupational therapists. The therapy pool is kept at a temperature of 91-93 degrees Fahrenheit, and all participants must have a medical release to participate in aquatic groups. This release MUST be updated annually. CLICK HERE to register or call
Marianjoy Center for Emerging Fitness
As your partner for a lifetime of healing, Marianjoy has created the Center for Emerging Fitness as a solution to post-rehabilitation and general health needs. Within this center, specific fitness equipment was selected to meet the needs of people with variable abilities. Many of the weight machines have accessible swing-away seats to allow for wheelchair transfer, and the elliptical has a lower step height for easier access for those with reduced mobility or balance.
This facility allows therapists to set up an exercise program for their patients as they prepare for discharge from therapy and work to continue their progress independently. Prior to discharge, patients are now able to try equipment in this Center that they may be able to use in a fitness facility within their community or as part of a class at Marianjoy.
Upcoming classes and programs will focus on:
• Upper-Body Conditioning
• Lower-Body Conditioning
• Circuit Training
• Healthy Eating
Fitness Classes at the Center for Emerging Fitness
Monday through Friday
During these 45 minute sessions, a variety of equipment and techniques are used to keep workouts fun and effective. All fitness levels are welcome, and exercises are customized for individual needs. By the end of the six-week session, our goal is that you will see a transformation of strength, flexibility, balance and confidence! To register, please call 630.909.7150.
One-On-One Personal Training
Reach Your Fitness Goals: Personal Training Sessions Available For All Ability Levels
Formulate, meet and exceed your specific fitness goals with the help of a personal trainer. Using various equipment and stretches will help you to better understand your body, how it responds to exercise and the positive impact it has on your health.
For more information on classes or personal training, or contact Ashley Davis, Marianjoy Personal Trainer, at 630.909.8626 or at Ashley.Davis1@nm.org.