Aquatic Therapy

Water provides a safe and effective treatment environment for movement and exercise during the rehabilitation process for spine pain, athletic injury, post-surgical recovery, osteoarthritis, and balance issues.Thanks to Apex Physical Therapy’s Aquatic Therapy program, clients can realize the benefits of such water-based treatments, which serve as an additional tool for recovery during the rehabilitation process.

What is aquatic therapy?

It’s simply the process of improving function and reducing pain by performing exercises while submerged in water, all under the personal guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Such therapy is effective in restoring patient confidence as overall functional mobility increases. A recent partnership with the Madras Aquatic Center allows our PTs to offer aquatic therapy each Friday within the comforts of a warm pool.

Madras Aquatic CenterBenefits of Aquatic Therapy:

  • Muscle relaxation and increased circulation throughout the entire body, each facilitated by the warmth of the water.
  • Decreased gravitational stress on the body and joints due to the buoyancy of the water, providing the ideal environment for pain reduction and healing.
  • Increased balance, trunk stability and overall body awareness stimulated by the warmth and buoyance of the pool.
  • An increased capacity to improve strength as the viscosity of water provides nature resistance for the body.
  • Improved confidence and function, which goes hand in hand with increased stability and the reduction of pain. This can carry over into everyday life.

Our physical therapists will work with you to decide if aquatic therapy is a good fit for you and your rehabilitation goals. A formal physical therapy evaluation at our clinic will help determine your optimal treatment path. If aquatic therapy proves to be an ideal option for you, knowing how to swim is not a prerequisite for such treatments. In fact, patients are often able to hold onto the side of the pool of make use of flotation devices, when needed.

And as with all of our treatments, education plays an important role. Once your customized treatment program is established, our physical therapists will supply you with an exercise sheet you can reference as you continue to exercise on your own at the Madras Aquatic Center. Pass and membership rates are economical as you transition from rehabilitation to performance enhancement and prevention.

Contact us at Apex Physical Therapy with any questions and to learn of our Aquatic Therapy program may be right for you.