To provide comprehensive rehabilitation, patients frequently require the ability to move in a gravity-neutral or buoyant environment. This unweighting of the back or lower extremity allows the patient to move more freely with reduced effort and/or decreased pain. Additionally, water can be used as a resistive force for movement that is more tolerable than conventional weights or pulleys.
The Aquatic Physical Therapy department features a state-of-the-art 62-foot by 18-foot, 3-lane, 4-foot deep pool that is solar-heated to a therapeutic temperature at 92 degrees F. The pool area has natural lighting and controlled ventilation. Temperature, filtration and chemical feed systems are completely computerized, thus ensuring optimal water quality.
The pool and locker rooms are handicapped accessible. The pool has stairs with hand rails to facilitate entering and exiting. Swimming and walking lanes are 42 feet long with an 18-foot by 20-foot rectangular exercise area. A wide variety of therapeutic water equipment is available.