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Aquatic Therapy

Our Facility

Our physical therapy clinics at the Albemarle Square and Downtown ACAC locations have access to exceptional aquatic facilities.  At each location we utilize the warm-water therapy pool which is maintained at 94 degrees F – perfect for facilitating relaxation and providing a soothing 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.  In addition, both locations have 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 Aquatics?

Aquatic physical therapy has a wide range of benefits for many people. 

  • buouyancy of the water decreases the compression forces through the body, thus 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 through aquatic physical 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

Aquatic physical therapy is simply the application of physical therapy methods and principles with the patient in the water.  Prior to initiating the aquatic component of physical therapy, the patient will be evaluated by a physical therapist in the clinic and a personalized plan of care will be determined.  During aquatic PT sessions the patient will be instructed with a series of exercises designed to address your particular problems and goals.  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.  We strive to provide the utmost care in the pool and pool area to ensure patient safety and comfort. 


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

Private Treatment Rooms Warm Water Therapy Pools 1/12 & 1/14 mile Indoor Walk/Jog Tracks
Latest Exercise Equipment Specialized training areas for PT clients Childcare available the day of your
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