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Why Water for Rehab?
Our indoor aquatic physical therapy program makes us unique from other traditional physical therapy programs. We use aquatic physical therapy as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy. Recent research has shown that using the pool to initiate early movement in therapy improves the recovery process. In other words, aquatic physical therapy speeds the healing process.
Our Aquatic Physical Therapy Program has:
Zero Impact Program: We are one of the few pools in the Orange County area that offers deep water therapy. This means that your feet do not touch the ground. You are held up by a buoyancy device or belt that your therapist decides is the most beneficial for you. This program consists of deep water conditioning, traction, core strengthening, deep relaxation training and muscle and posture re-education. Being in deep, warm water with your entire body decompressed has a tremendous impact on decreasing pain and activating proper muscles for optimal healing. Being able to swim is not a requirement, your head is always above water.
We are proud to report that the Orange County Health Department spot checks our pool quarterly and continually comments that our pool is one of the cleanest commercial pools in Orange County.
Why Warm Water for Therapy?
Who can benefit from aquatic physical therapy?
People of all ages can benefit from the healing properties of water. Aquatic therapy can be the treatment of choice allowing for a faster recovery from injuries or surgery especially combined with our traditional physical therapy program. Below are some of the common diagnoses we treat in the water:
What is the Benefit of Water?
Why does water temperature matter?
Studies have shown that muscle spasms and pain in an injured area is much reduced when water temperature is in the 90-95 degree range. The relaxation response of the muscles and reduction in pain allow for greater joint mobility and range of motion which in turn enhances the body’s ability to heal more quickly.
If you have ever entered a health club pool, which is typically 78 to 82 degrees, you notice an immediate chill and tightening up of your muscles. This is not therapeutic. While this temperature is fine for heavy exercise and swimming, it is not optimal at all for painful conditions.
Why does water depth matter?
We specifically designed our pool with our patients in mind. That is why we have a four foot depth and 3 ½ foot depth. This accommodates both shorter and taller patients and allows for proper progression of exercise.
Our deep water ”Zero Impact Program” is in 6½ feet. This allows for complete decompression of all of your joints. Your body enjoys the weightlessness when performing conditioning exercise, traction to eliminate pain in the neck and back, and hanging to promote deep relaxation and pain relief. If you are unable to put weight on your lower extremity, you can still enjoy benefits of strengthening and pain relief while recovering.
Are there any reasons why I couldn’t go in the water?
Yes, although quite uncommon, there are some health reasons. Some of them are: urinary tract infection, or any other infections including skin, lung, etc., Incontinence, sensitive or communicable skin conditions, open wounds, heart or lung conditions and use of some medications particularly narcotic pain meds.
If you have any questions regarding a specific condition, you must be cleared by your doctor to participate in the aquatic program. Please feel free to call us with any questions regarding your condition and ability to participate.
What if I can’t swim?
You do not have to swim to be able to participate in the aquatic program. We do have patients that are not comfortable in the water. The therapist may get in the water with you until you are comfortable. You will never get your head wet. Please talk to your therapist about any concerns you may have. Once you feel the soothing benefits of a warm, therapeutic pool, your fear will most likely disappear.