For clients with weight-lifting limitations or with sensitive joints, Aquatic Physical Therapy often provides a successful course of treatment. Performed in a 4 x 6 foot pool, with a temperature regulated between 82 and 90 degrees, it incorporates all the principles of physical therapy, but allows clients to move joints and lift weights more easily and with greater comfort.
Aquatic Physical Therapy uses the inherent therapeutic principles of water to relieve stiff joints and increase blood flow to the sight of injury. The natural buoyancy of water supports your body weight and decreases joint stress during an exercise program. Our skilled therapists—fully trained in Aquatic Physical Therapy—are right in the pool with you. This treatment is especially ideal for people with medical conditions that affect joints and muscles, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Aquatic Physical Therapy is ideal to treat :
- Acute injury
- Pre/postpartum patients with LBP
- Chronic pain
- Injuries requiring partial weight bearing
- Orthopedic injuries/surgeries including total
- Pre/Post Joint Replacement
Some patients benefit more from Aquatic Physical Therapy than from traditional physical therapy. Greendale Physical Therapy offers three methods for treating patients in our Aquatic Program :
All Aquatic Therapy
Therapy is conducted only in the aquatics setting. This is beneficial for bariatric patients and patients with weight bearing issues and chronic pain.
A blend of traditional physical therapy and aquatic physical therapy is beneficial for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. The combination method also works well for athletes.
Aquatic Therapy with Progression
We begin entirely with Aquatic Physical Therapy, then progress to traditional physical therapy. This method is best for patients with acute injuries, or for those with conditions that improve with Aquatic Physical Therapy and can later “graduate” to a beneficial regimen of traditional therapy.
The pool is located at the Greendale YMCA, located at 75 Shore Drive in Worcester. It is 4 feet deep and regulated to between 82 and 90 degrees. Stairs help you safely enter the pool. Life safety equipment is located poolside, and staff members are on site at all times in case of an emergency. The physical therapist works directly with the patient in the pool during the treatment session. There are locker rooms for men, women, and families. Showers are also available.
Prior to beginning therapy in the pool, patients will have a formal physical therapy evaluation and pool orientation and education at our Worcester, Shrewsbury, or Clinton clinic. Contact our Worcester location at 508–459‑5000, or by email, and we will be happy to set you up with an appointment.