Aquatic Physical Therapy

Aquatic physical therapy takes advantage of water’s soothing properties to help patients start rehabilitation earlier, move more freely, and resume daily activities sooner. We offer aquatic physical therapy at the Regional Therapy Center at Washington Street in a pool designed specifically to meet the needs of our patients:

  • Two depths—4 feet and 6 feet—to allow patients of all heights to reap the maximum benefit of the water’s buoyancy
  • Warm water temperature to relax tight muscles and joints and increase blood flow to injured tissues to promote healing
  • Water jets that can be directed to tight, sore muscles to provide a therapeutic massage
  • A hydraulic chair lift and built-in steps with railings to ensure safe, easy access

Could you benefit?

Aquatic physical therapy is typically prescribed for patients who have difficulty performing daily activities because of significant pain or weakness while moving or walking. This type of therapy also is recommended for those who, due to injury or surgery, have been advised to limit movement.

Aquatic physical therapy can be especially helpful if you have the following:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Strains, sprains, fractures, or dislocations
  • Injuries from multiple trauma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or scleroderma
  • Athletic or sports-related injuries

Or, if you’re recovering from the following:

  • Spine surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Other joint or muscle surgeries

What you need

Bring a bathing suit, towel, and sandals or deck shoes. We provide locker facilities, as well as a private wheelchair-accessible shower room. You don’t have to know how to swim.

If you want to continue with aquatic exercise after you complete your rehabilitation program, you may want to consider the YMCA of Saratoga’s Aquatic After Therapy Program.

For more information on our Aquatic Physical Therapy Program, call 518-583-8383.