Aquatic Therapy


Aquatic therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy used until patients can return to dry-land activities without increased pain or inflammation, or for certain conditions not able to tolerate physical therapy on land or with gravity, such as arthritic joints, disc pathology, etc.  Water improves motion and flexibility, allows for the decompression of the spine, and aids in joint stabilization.  Decreasing the effects of gravity by unweighting joints, aquatic therapy is the best environment to achieve full function regardless of injury.  The warmth of the water (86 - 92°F), along with its massaging effects, also allows muscles to relax while helping to reduce pain.

Our flagship facility is home to Southern Colorado’s only heated hydrogen-peroxide (H2O2) pools – the third largest in the country. Hydrogen peroxide becomes water and oxygen when it evaporates, whereas chlorine becomes hydrochloric acid. Combined with ultraviolet light, H2O2 is a powerful oxidizer used as a disinfectant; and because there is no chlorine or bromine involved, patients who are pregnant or have pulmonary (lung) problems or skin problems/allergies can easily tolerate the pool. The natural buoyancy reduces gravitational pull and lessens compressive forces on the spine and joints, hence making exercises much easier to perform than on land.

Our aquatic rehabilitation program provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence and increasing mobility with each completed exercise. Aquatic rehabilitation may be prescribed for a number of injuries or illnesses.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Helps decrease pain
  • Helps reduce join stiffness and swelling
  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Promotes stability
  • Allows for increased activity with decreased pain

Commonly Treated Conditions

  • Acute/chronic injuries
  • Arthritic joints
  • Low back pain – acute or recurring
  • MS and other neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic injuries – pre/post surgical
  • Pre/post natal
  • Pre/post-partum pain

Please note that patients with ANY bowel/bladder incontinence or UTI are not candidates for aquatic therapy. Open wounds need to be covered by a waterproof barrier.

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