Aquatic Therapy

Indoor, temperature-controlled facilities

Senior retired woman staying fit by aqua aerobics in swimming pool.

Aquatic Exercises: Inpatient and Outpatient Support 

Our CHS Aquatic Therapy Program serves as supplemental support to traditional, land-based therapy or as primary treatment. Basic aquatic principles of buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure are applied to the biomechanics of movement patterns – all designed to improve function.

Year-Round Climate Control

All our Aquatic Centers are indoor and temperature controlled. You’ll enjoy year-round accessibility and avoid weather issues that could disrupt your rehabilitation hospital treatments.

  • Leading-edge pools and therapeutic interventions 
  • Specialty trained physical and occupational therapists

Which Conditions Benefit From Aquatic Therapy?

Conditions which may benefit from aquatic therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Orthopedic conditions including fractures, joint replacement, amputations and soft tissue injuries
  • Neurological conditions inclusive of CVA, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease
  • Pain conditions and back injuries
  • Debility due to medical complications and /or disuse, atrophy.
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Geriatrics
  • Obesity
  • Mastectomy
  • Pre and Post Natal

Therapeutic Goals:

  • Improvement of cardiopulmonary fitness
  • Improvement in range of motion and muscle strength
  • Improvement in gait
  • Improvement in posture
  • Decrease in pain
  • Decrease in abnormal muscle tone
  • Reduction in tactile defensiveness/hypersensitivity
  • Improvement in balance, reaction time and safety during ambulation
  • Improvement in flexibility

Specialized treatment techniques 

A form of active aquatic therapy molded after the principle of Tai Chi and yoga breathing techniques

A form of active aquatic therapy which incorporates various exercises, activities and functional mobility in the water to improve awareness, coordination, gait, endurance, posture and trunk stabilization.

A form of active aquatic therapy modeled after the principles and movement patterns of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. The individual is instructed verbally, visually and /or tactilely in a series of functional, spiral and diagonal mass movement patterns while standing, sitting, kneeling or lying in the water.

A form of active or passive aquatic therapy. The individual is instructed in a series of movement or relaxation patterns while positioned horizontally and supported by rings or floats in the water.

A form of active aquatic therapy based on a walking program in the pool using a variety of strides and stretching exercises to increase overall fitness, to eliminate low-back and hamstring inflexibility, to improve postural alignment, and to strengthen the abdominals.

Benefits include:

  • Enhancement of circulation which promotes healing
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness which often accompanies injury or illness
  • Impedes muscle atrophy and contractures which may occur in absence of exercise
  • Application of weight bearing to upper and lower extremities in a graded or progressive manner
  • Decrease in pain caused by muscle tension
  • Assistance with movements of the limbs against gravity
  • Application of resistance in a graded or progressive manner
  • Reduction in spinal compression forces during exercise
  • Decrease in muscle tone and spasticity
  • Increase in amount of time to recover from loss of balance episodes

Next Steps: RX From Your Physician

To schedule CHS Aquatic Therapy on an outpatient basis, request a prescription for physical or occupational aquatic therapy from your physician.

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