Aquatic therapy combines exercises in the aquatic environment with physical or occupational therapy, which provides heat, buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure.
Heat - Pool temperatures range from 92 to 96 degrees, which allows for relaxation of the muscles, decreased pain, and increased range of motion.
Buoyancy - This provides support and decreased bodyweight, which challenges balance and allows a patient to move more easily with less pain through joints.
Resistance - This allows a patient to increase muscle strength in all directions as well as improve sensory awareness.
Hydrostatic Pressure - The pressure from the surrounding water helps circulate the blood from the legs to the heart, often reducing swelling and joint tenderness while increasing range of motion.
Benefits: Aquatic therapy helps to improve muscle strength, range of motion, improve balance and coordination while decreasing pain and stress. It can also improve posture, body mechanics, and lung capacity.
Pool maintenance is M W F 1:30-2:30.
A physician order for physical therapy/aquatic therapy evaluation is required. For more information, call (225) 231-3107 or your physician can fax an order to (225) 231-3017.