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Aquatic Therapy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
About Aquatic Therapy

What are the benefits of exercising in the water?

There are three reasons that exercise in the water is an excellent choice for therapy. First, you will feel lighter while in the water and this makes movement and exercise easier. This is especially important if you have pain and difficulty with weight bearing activities, such as walking and moving around. Second, the pressure from the water on your body will have a soothing effect for painful conditions. Third, water is denser than air which will provide a natural resistance as you move. These three features combined will allow you to do more exercise with less pain, and this will translate to better results from therapy.

Is the water warm?

Yes. The water is heated to temperatures in the mid-80’s. In water any warmer than this the body struggles to stay cool while exercising.

Do I have to walk down steps to get in and out of the pool?

No. Our pool is equipped with a ramp and handrails for entering and exiting the pool. A wheelchair is also available for use if extra assistance is needed.

Will I have to swim and put my head underwater?

Most of our pool exercises keep your head above water. You will only swim if it is appropriate for you and you are comfortable doing so.

I don’t really want people to see me in a bathing suit, so what do I wear?

We must abide by the pool rules, which do require a bathing suit. However, you do have the option to wear other clothing over your suit, such as a polyester shirt (cotton shirts or shorts are not recommended as they tend to clog the pool’s filtering system). For safety, comfort, and hygiene, wearing aqua/water shoes in the pool and shower areas is recommended.

What else should I bring?

Please bring a towel and other toiletries you will need. We have private, wheelchair accessible showers and locker rooms.

How long does an aquatic therapy session last?

Sessions last anywhere from 15 – 60 minutes depending on your tolerance level.

How many days a week will I be treated and for what period of time?

Therapy sessions occur 1-3 times per week for 1-6 weeks or longer depending on your condition. Many of our pool locations allow you to easily transition to an independent aquatic program after your formal physical therapy is complete.

What kind of exercises will I be doing?

Exercises range from walking in the water to patterned arm and leg movements using the water as resistance. We have multiple aquatic exercise tools that can be used to enhance the work in the water. Your therapist will select the type, variety, and complexity of the exercises based on your condition.

What conditions would keep me from being able to receive Aquatic Therapy?

If you have any open wounds or infections, you will not be permitted in the pool. It is also important that you have bowel and bladder control.

Does insurance pay for Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy is recognized as a standard physical therapy modality by all insurances. If you have physical therapy benefits with your insurance plan then aquatic therapy is most likely a covered service. We encourage you to contact your health insurance provider to learn more about your physical therapy benefits.