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.
"For those patients who can't support their own weight, the pool offers a way for them to participate in physical therapy. In the water, Marianjoy therapists have the potential to make gains with a patient that may not be made through land-based therapy alone."
Dr. Larissa Pavone, Marianjoy Pediatric Physician
The benefits of warm-water therapy in physical rehabilitation have long been recognized.
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.
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. Aquatic therapy at Marianjoy is used either in conjunction with land-based therapy or as a stand-alone treatment option, performed by physical or occupational therapists.
Benefits of warm-water aquatic therapy include:
• Post-operative pain reduction
• Joint pain reduction
• Motivational environment
• 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
We offer adult Community Pool Programs for those patients who have previously received aquatic therapy at Marianjoy. The programs are designed to enable participants to independently continue to perform the aquatic exercise home programs prescribed by their therapist. 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 of our participants have had previous aquatic therapy experience and are ready to participate in a group setting. Pool class instructors are physical or occupational therapists. Our therapy pool is kept at a temperature of 91-93 degrees 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