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Aquatic Therapy

Recover in the Warmth of our Heated Therapy Pools 

Physical Therapy at acac has full access to the warm-water therapy pools at Albemarle Square and Downtown acac Fitness & Wellness locations. We utilize the warm-water therapy pools, maintained at 94 degrees F – to provide a soothing, relaxing environment for painful joints and muscles. 

The pool depth ranges from 3.5 feet to 7 feet with ample room for walking and other aquatic exercises. At both Albemarle Square and Downtown locations, PT@acac has access to a larger activity pool that is kept at 85 degrees F for those patients who do not tolerate the warm water temperature or need a higher intensity aquatic program.

What are the benefits of Aquatic Therapy? 

  • buouyancy of the water decreases the compression forces through the body, allowing increased movement with decreased pain

  • water provides resistance to movement while also providing some support, allowing gentler strengthening than what would be done on land.

  • hydro-static pressure of water can helps to reduce swelling in the legs and feet

  • warm water temperature helps to promote muscle relaxation and increase circulation

 What conditions are Treated with Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic physical therapy has been successful in treating a wide array of conditions, including:

  • rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • polymyalgia rhematica
  • chronic back pain
  • complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • joint disorders
  • lower extremity stress fractures requiring limited weight bearing
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • post-surgical
  • neurological and motor control deficiencies (i.e. CP, post-CVA, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis)
  • general deconditioning

Our Aquatic Rehab Program is Customized to You

Aquatic physical therapy applies standard physical therapy methods and principles, but with the patient in the water. 

Before intiating aquatic physical therapy, the patient will be evaluated by a physical therapist in the clinic, and a personalized plan of care will be determined. 

Most patients are guided through these exercises with the therapist on the pool deck; however, should you require a higher level of assistance, the therapist is able to be in the water with you -- whatever it takes to ensure patient safety and comfort. 


Call 434-817-7848 to schedule your appointment today.

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