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Aquatic Therapy

Recover in the Warmth of our Heated Therapy Pools 

PT@acac has access to therapeutic pools at both acac Fitness & Wellness center locations, Albemarle Square and Downtown. The warm water pools are maintained at 94 degrees F to provide a soothing, relaxing environment for painful joints and muscles while performing exercises during your therapy session.

The pool depth ranges from 3.5 feet to 7 feet with ample room for walking and other aquatic exercises. For patients who do not tolerate the warmer temperatures or need a higher intensity aquatic program, PT@acac has access to a larger activity pool that is kept at 85 degrees F.

What are the benefits of Aquatic Therapy? 

  • buouyancy of the water decreases compressive forces on the body, particularly the spine, to allow for more comfortable exercise.

  • water provides resistance but also support to enable exercise progression that normally might be more challenging on land.

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

  • warm water temperature helps 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 rheumatica

  • chronic back pain

  • complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

  • joint disorders

  • lower extremity stress fractures requiring limited weight bearing

  • peripheral neuropathy

  • pre/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 practices & principles but with the patient in the water. 

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

Most patients are guided through exercises with the therapist on the pool deck; should you require a higher level of assistance, the therapist may be able to be in the water with you.

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