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Aqua Physical Therapy

tarheelgirlttarheelgirl Posts: 473
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Exercise and Rehab
Hi, I am going to start aqua therapy very soon...so those of you who have been thru it...can you tell me all about it? Do they keep the pool heated more than a 'normal' indoor heated pool? I will be going to a PT place that has a heated pool.


  • Wow great to hear you're starting aquatherapy. Yes the pool is warmer at about 98F-100F where I went. It was like going into the tub it's very nice. Probably heat because it relaxes the muscles and would stop any spasms from a cold pool. The PT really worked me so much so I was injured and had to stop going but plan to get back into it. I enjoyed the hot tub after with the hot sprayers and that pool was almost too hot at 104F! I used the back float belt at first and it was when I removed it and did exercises I over stretched my leg and pulled my back. I plan to get a disabled membership for that pool as it's half price.

    I hope you enjoy it. It feels so good in the water but coming out you feel the real gravity..Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I had aquatics and loved it! As soon as my incisions were healed, I started. It was awesome!!

    Mainly I did range of motion exercises as in the water, gravity has been eliminated and therefore not painful. Initially the range of motion exercises were limited in range, but as I got stronger, I was able to increase the range of my movements.

    The temperature of the water should be between 88-92 degrees.

    Enjoy! It feels so good, I would live in the water if I could! Wishing you the best!
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  • yes, as Charry says the water is kept at an exact very warm temp. - it almost feels like being in a warm heating pad. My 1st aqua therapy was about 3 months after surgery & I was still having a lot of internal pain ( after large fusion) the only time I really felt great was in the pool & they are very gentle with you - getting out of the water - you really notice how weightless the water makes you feel.

    I had a 2nd round of aqua therapy at 1 yr. It really helped. When it ended I enrolled in the Rehab hospital Arthritis water exercise class. A lot of things I couldn't do & would just walk around the pool. Then it was summer & we used our neigborhood pool - if you have the chance - take advantage of the aqua therapy - so few things feel really soothing & this does.
  • thanks for the replies...I so look forward to starting. I am going to call tomorrow and set up an appt. I can't wait! For some reason, this summer in our neighborhood pool, I could tread water in the deap end without much pain. I know the temperature you listed above sounds just wonderful...it sounds like a nice bath!! I'm anxious to start!
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