Aquatic Therapy

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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water, and is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance. It is the therapeutic properties of the water combined with the skill and specialized training of our physical therapists that will help you to improve your mobility and function. Buoyancy offers a tremendous advantage because it reduces the effects of gravity to allow for increased joint range of motion. Weight relief to weakened body structures also creates additional comfort. Your affected body part will float, making it easier and less painful to move. The warm water also helps to relax muscles that are sore or tight. Immersion in warm water increases blood supply to sore muscles and promotes relaxation. Water is over 500 times more resistive than air, which allows for strengthening of weakened muscles. Water resists rapid movement so equipment with increased surface area is used to increase strength in the pool. The uniform pressure of the water along with buoyancy provides support to your body which allows you increased time to react without the fear of falling or getting hurt.

Glinn and Giordano Physical Therapy offers Aquatic therapy at our Southwest location via an Aquatrex. This is an underwater treadmill system with maximal safety in mind. You do not have to be a swimmer to participate in or benefit from water therapy.


  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Increase muscle strength.
  • Whole body relaxation
  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease abnormal tone, spasticity, and rigidity.
  • Improved balance.


  • Post-surgical
  • Non-surgical
  • Orthopedic sprain/strains
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Back pain
  • Decreased weight bearing tolerance
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neurological pain
  • Chronic pain.