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
Marianjoy Center for Emerging Fitness
As Marianjoy continues to partner with you for a lifetime of healing, we have selected fitness equipment that was specifically chosen to meet the needs of persons with variable abilities. For example, many of our weight machines have swing away seats to allow for access by a person in a wheelchair and our elliptical has a lower step height to allow for improved ease of getting on the equipment.
Our facility will allow therapists to set up an exercise program for their patients as they prepare for discharge from therapy and work to continue their progress independently. Patients will now be able to try equipment that they may be able to use in a fitness facility within their community.
We will also be offering classes that will be focused on improving and strengthening muscles, improving balance or just helping participants gain a greater sense of independence.
Look for information on upcoming classes and programs that will focus on:
• Upper Body Conditioning
• Lower Body Conditioning
• Circuit Training
• Healthy Eating
Sign up for Classes at Marianjoy's Center for Emerging Fitness
Monday through Friday, April 18 to May 27, 2016
Cost is $40 per class for the 6-week session
During these 45 minute sessions, you will use a variety of equipment and techniques to keep your workout fun and effective. We welcome all fitness levels and can modify exercises for your individual needs. By the end of the 6-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
Formulate, meet, and reach beyond your specific fitness goals with a Personal Trainer. Use various equipment and stretches to better understand your body, how it responds to exercise, and the positive impact it has on your health.