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Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aqua therapyFor generations, aquatic therapy has been known to improve quality of movement and strength as well as reduce pain.

Why Aquatic Therapy?

Water is an excellent medium in which to rehabilitate those with neurological and musculoskeletal problems. It provides an opportunity for people to exercise and gain strength while affording them a comfortable environment where they can re-initiate limb and body movement.

The buoyancy of the water reduces joint pressures to facilitate active exercise and mobility.  The resistance water offers can also be used to gently strengthen your muscles. Balance, coordination and aerobic activities can also be performed in the pool.

Who Can Participate?

Individuals with a variety of disabilities and conditions can participate in aquatic therapy. People with low tolerance to weight bearing positions or traditional exercise interventions are excellent candidates.  Common diagnoses include pain in weight bearing joints (back, hip, knee, ankle, foot), stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia and obesity.

Careful screening and program development by a physical therapist will assure safe participation. Though aquatic therapy is not recommended for all medical conditions, the vast majority of people can participate. Swimming experience is not necessary.

Where To Go

Strong Health offers aquatic therapy at the Metro Center YMCA at 444 E. Main Street. Call (585) 341-9200 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one our therapists.