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A Summary of Benefits Derived from
Aquatics-based Exercise

Benefits to orthopedic
and arthritic clients:

  • Buoyancy allows for less stress on joints and
    bones for healing
  • Buoyancy allows for early weight bearing
  • Improvement of ROM and strength sooner with
    less pain secondary to ease of movement in water
  • Hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy may
    stimulate proprioceptors, therefore improving movement patterns
  • Encourage stabilizing contractions of the
    trunk and weight bearing extremities during functionally oriented
    movements
  • Plyometrics can be performed in deep water
  • Jet motion of water provides for tissue
    relaxation as well as resistance for strengthening exercises
  • Various therapeutic procedures adapted from
    land can be performed easier in the water
  • Warmth of water increases relaxation and
    decreases pain
  • Improves cardiovascular endurance due to
    decreased cardiac demands during workouts
  • Decreased swelling secondary to increased
    circulation and hydrostatic pressure

Benefits to neurologic
clients:

  • Buoyancy slows patients’ loss of balance
    allowing for increased reaction time in balance challenges
  • Hydrostatic pressure and buoyancy may
    stimulate proprioceptors, therefore improving movement patterns
  • Neurological conditions do well in gravity
    reduced environments as it encourages early assumption of upright
    positions and independent control of activities as soon as possible
  • Aquatic environment assists in acquisition of
    walking, transferring and reaching skills
  • The ease of movement in the water allows
    individuals a wide range of endurance levels train for
    cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Decreases abnormal tone because of neutral
    warmth of water
  • Can effect positive self-esteem as disabling
    conditions are less apparent in the water

Program Offerings at Northeast Rehab


  • Individual Therapy

  • One-on-one treatment with Physical or
    Occupational Therapist

  • Aquatic Therapy Groups

  • Acute Pain

  • Conditioning Group

  • Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal Group

  • Arthritis Group

  • Low Back Pain

  • Occupational Upper Extremity Group

  • Community Aquatic Groups

  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
  • Maintenance Group
  • Therapy Pool Specifications


    • 20′ X 40′ therapeutic pool heated to 920

    • 3’6" to 5′ in depth

    • ADA accessible with tri-travel handrails and
      swim lift

    • Spacious locker room with private changing
      areas and accessible showers

    • Wide range of therapy equipment