Aquatic Therapy Center

 

 

Newly renovated pool

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
630-909-7155.

 

About Marianjoy

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital provides rehabilitation care centered around the patient and their family. Marianjoy's interdisciplinary health care team evaluates not only the patient's present disability, but the impact the disability has on the whole person- mind, body, and spirit.

An integrated care team of physicians, specially trained therapists, and nurses, as well as psychologists, nutritionists, and chaplains shape a treatment plan designed to improve the patient's physical, perceptual, and communication abilities, while developing skills to compensate for any permanent disability. As rehabilitation specialists we are here to help, support, and encourage our patients and their families.

Marianjoy provides a continuum of care throughout a network of facilities and clinics enabling individuals to achieve their personal wellness goals, and create a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. We become partners in healing, giving our patients the tools and skills they will need to continue to pursue life without limits.

Our Mission

Marianjoy is committed to living out the healing ministry of Jesus by providing exceptional and compassionate health care service that promotes the dignity and well being of the people we serve.

 

Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment, please call (630) 909-8920