Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy Brochure

Aquatic therapy relies on the properties of water to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment through the use of hydrostatic pressure, buoyancy, and joint unloading. Water is an ideal location for teaching movement because it demands internal stabilization of the spine and pelvis. Water has the ability to assist, support, or resist movements and allows for both non-weight bearing and partial-weight bearing therapy. By using buoyancy equipment, the patient can be suspended in water without touching the bottom of the pool. This allows the patient to move freely and removes impact on the musculoskeletal system.

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Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

• Increase exercise performance, range-of-motion, flexibility
• Improve balance, strength, endurance, coordination
• Condition the entire body

The Burdenko Method

The Burdenko Method consists of a series of exercises in both the water and on land to condition the body. This method of therapeutic physical training focuses on recovering function after an injury. The aquatic exercises are done in a vertical position to keep the spine and internal organs in their natural positions. Wearing a flotation vest or belt in the water helps to maintain this upright position with little or no effort.

Independent Pool Program

The independent pool program is designed for individuals who have previously completed a course of supervised aquatic therapy and are able to exercise in the pool without the supervision of a therapist.

Aquatic Therapy Locations

Cranston (721 Reservoir Avenue): The state-of-the-art salt water pool is kept at 96 degrees which allows for special Warm Water Therapy programs. The pool's hydrostatic pressure assists patients who are suffering from musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and neurological conditions to improve their energy, strength, flexibility, circulation, muscle relaxation, balance, and cardiovascular activity.

East Greenwich @ Absolute Fitness (2727 South County Trail): The pool is 20 yards long, 87 degrees, and has a special salt generating system. Programs include one-on-one treatment for back pain, spinal stenosis, arthritic joints, and fibromyalgia.

East Providence @ Healthtrax (15 Catamore Boulevard): The pool is 20 yards long and is kept at 86 degrees. It has a retractable roof used for outdoor swimming June through September. Programs include one-on-one treatment for back pain, spinal stenosis, arthritic joints, and fibromyalgia.

Providence @ The JCC (401 Elmgrove Avenue): The pool is 25 yards long and 84-87 degrees which allows for multiple laps of swimming or jogging without becoming overheated. A state-of-the-art lift makes the pool accessible to patients who cannot walk up and down pool stairs.