Aquatic Therapy: Help for What Ails You
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 12:05pm | James McKeown, ...
At Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center in Allentown, aquatic therapy is performed in a pool heated to 92 – 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimal temperature according to current research. As an aquatic physical therapist, I work with many people who are unable to tolerate physical therapy in a regular therapy gym. I see people overcome many painful conditions while experiencing the fun of the pool environment. It's very gratifying to see them get their strength back and ability to function outside the pool.
The most common conditions that respond well to aquatic physical therapy are:
Several properties of water make it great for treating these conditions, including:
The aspect of aquatic therapy at Good Shepherd that sets it apart from other facilities is the abundance of equipment available in the pool, including parallel bars for those who need assistance walking, a lift for those who need help getting in and out of the pool and treadmills and exercise bikes in the water.
There are also opportunities to continue aquatic exercise in our therapy pool after completing therapy since we offer fitness programs as well.
If you have one of the conditions described above and can benefit from aquatic therapy, please see your doctor for a referral and come join us.