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Aquatic Therapy in Philadelphia

Aquatic Therapy for Injury Recovery


Aquatic therapy takes place in the water and is aimed at rehabilitating patients who have incurred an injury or suffer from a chronic illness. This therapeutic modality takes advantage of the unique characteristics of water. Its buoyancy supports weak muscles and enhances range of motion and flexibility. Buoyancy provides patients with an excellent core stability workout. Plus, submersion decreases body weight, and patients are able to walk and exercise with minimal support in the pool.  Submersion also places increased demands on the respiratory system, and the respiratory muscles are forced to work a bit harder. Muscles become toned without any movement in the water.  Patients also benefit from the hydrostatic pressure in water. This is the force exerted on the body by the water’s molecules. Hydrostatic pressure decreases blood pooling, decreases pain and calms the body. Patients don’t even have to move in the pool to benefit from hydrostatic pressure. An added benefit of aquatic therapy is psychosocial. It’s a non-clinical atmosphere and reduces stress and enhances a feeling of well-being. Aquatic therapy isn’t just therapeutic; it’s fun.

Aquatic exercises can be adapted to support upward thrust of buoyancy or to resist upward thrust of buoyancy. The techniques used in aquatic therapy often include exercises, swimming and flotation devices. Exercises range from simple routines to using underwater treadmills. Basic exercises include knee-to-chest, leg raise, leg stretch and pool walking. All of these pool exercises are designed to stretch and strengthen muscles and enhance mobility. Aquatic therapy an ideal option when land-based exercises are too difficult or limited for individuals. There are also scientific studies demonstrating the benefits of aquatic exercises for various conditions like spine injuries, hip injuries and leg injuries.

Oxford Rehabilitation Center: Physical Rehabilitation

At Oxford Rehabilitation Center, our physical rehabilitation program includes aquatic therapy. Our trained therapists develop an aquatic exercise plan designed to meet patient needs. Exercise in our comfortably heated pool using an underwater treadmill, balance bar, weights or a flotation device. Enjoy salt water filtration without any chlorine smell or chemicals. In addition to aquatic therapy, other treatment modalities like spinal adjustments, physical therapy and acupuncture may be integrated into your treatment plan. We take a holistic approach to healing, and a combination of restorative therapies optimizes recovery.

In addition to aquatic therapy, we offer hot moist heat therapy, ultrasound, soft tissue mobilization, fluidotherapy, corrective and strengthening exercises and paraffin wax bath. Heat therapy relaxes and heals injuries, ultrasound penetrates deep to heal soft tissue injuries and exercises build strength and flexibility. Our exercises are diverse and include reciprocal inhibition, vestibular exercises and proprioceptive neuromuscular exercises. The paraffin wax bath allows for deep heating oils to reduce stiffness and delivers pain relief.

If you’ve incurred a soft tissue injury, suffer from a medical condition like arthritis or are in pain due to car accident, call us at Oxford Rehabilitation Center to get on the road to recovery.

Our aquatic therapy entails:

  • Ozone/Salt Filtration
  • No Bromine
  • No Chlorine
  • No Smell
  • No Chemicals
  • No Stains on Clothes
  • Underwater Treadmill
  • Resistance Jets
  • Balance Bar, BAPS board
  • Flotation Devices
  • Weights
  • Tubing
  • A Heated Pool (92‐94 degrees)