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A Summary of Benefits Derived from Aquatics-based Exercise

Benefits to orthopedic and arthritic clients:

  • Buoyancy allows for less stress on joints and bones for healing
  • Buoyancy allows for early weight bearing
  • Improvement of ROM and strength sooner with less pain secondary to ease of movement in water
  • Hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy may stimulate proprioceptors, therefore improving movement patterns
  • Encourage stabilizing contractions of the trunk and weight bearing extremities during functionally oriented movements
  • Plyometrics can be performed in deep water
  • Jet motion of water provides for tissue relaxation as well as resistance for strengthening exercises
  • Various therapeutic procedures adapted from land can be performed easier in the water
  • Warmth of water increases relaxation and decreases pain
  • Improves cardiovascular endurance due to decreased cardiac demands during workouts
  • Decreased swelling secondary to increased circulation and hydrostatic pressure

Benefits to neurologic clients:

  • Buoyancy slows patients' loss of balance allowing for increased reaction time in balance challenges
  • Hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy may stimulate proprioceptors, therefore improving movement patterns
  • Neurological conditions do well in gravity reduced environments as it encourages early assumption of upright positions and independent control of activities as soon as possible
  • Aquatic environment assists in acquisition of walking, transferring and reaching skills
  • The ease of movement in the water allows individuals a wide range of endurance levels train for cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Decreases abnormal tone because of neutral warmth of water
  • Can effect positive self-esteem as disabling conditions are less apparent in the water

Program Offerings at Northeast Rehab

  • Individual Therapy
  • One-on-one treatment with Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Aquatic Therapy Groups
  • Acute Pain
  • Conditioning Group
  • Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal Group
  • Arthritis Group
  • Low Back Pain
  • Occupational Upper Extremity Group
  • Community Aquatic Groups
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
  • Maintenance Group

Therapy Pool Specifications

  • 20' X 40' therapeutic pool heated to 920
  • 3'6" to 5' in depth
  • ADA accessible with tri-travel handrails and swim lift
  • Spacious locker room with private changing areas and accessible showers
  • Wide range of therapy equipment

Last Updated: 03/07/01 | ©2000 Northeast Rehabilitation Health Network