Aquatic Physical Therapy

Also known as: Water Therapy

Aquatic physical therapy is the practice of physical therapy by a trained and licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in a water-filled pool. The buoyancy, support and accommodating resistance of the water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation. The temperature of the water prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretch and generally reduces the sensation of pain.

Benefits of aquatic physical therapy

  • Decreases body weight, lessening stress on weight-bearing joints such as the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • Increases circulation
  • Promotes muscle relaxation
  • Allows early motion after surgery
  • Aid in pain management
  • Increases strength, endurance, coordination and balanceIncreases range of motion

Aquatic therapy is prescribed for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, recovery from injury or surgery, multiple sclerosis, back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, balance or walking problems, and other conditions.

Why 94° water?

The temperature of our pool is considered neutral. After first entering the pool, the water will begin to feel close to the same temperature as the skin. This allows our patients to work in an environment of comfort. The warm water allows more movement with a decreased chance of spasms and a decrease in pain.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

When you come for your evaluation, we will give you information on what to bring to your aquatic therapy sessions. You can wear a swimsuit, but some patients choose to wear a t-shirt and shorts. We want you to be comfortable in the pool. If you need help changing in or out of your suit please bring a family member or friend to assist you.

Your first session in the pool usually lasts 30 minutes. You should expect to be tired but relaxed. We suggest that you do not plan to run errands or have other appointments after the pool. It is best if you can go home and rest after your session.

Contact Us

Providence Mount Carmel Hospital

Providence St. Mary Rehabilitation - Walla Walla

Providence St. Peter Outpatient Orthopedic and Hand Therapy

Tumwater Valley Physical Therapy

Physical and Aquatic Therapy