Also known as: Therapy, aquatic; physical therapy, aquatic; Ai Chi; Aquasize; senior fitness aquatic class; osteoporosis aquatic class; prenatal aquatic class; arthritis aquatic class; foundation aquatic program; independent pool program; aquatic community classes
Aquatic physical therapy uses buoyancy and resistance of water to create a unique exercise environment. Our warm water pools make exercise easier and less painful for people recovering from injuries or suffering from chronic conditions. Aquatic physical therapy also uses hydrostatic pressure to decrease swelling and improve joint position. The warmth of the water relaxes muscles and improves blood flow to injured areas. People with muscle spasms, back pain and fibromyalgia typically find aquatic therapy especially beneficial.
Providence Rehabilitation Services aquatic physical therapy requires a referral from a physician and an evaluation by a physical therapist before beginning aquatic exercise.
Providence Rehabilitation Services has two pools that provide aquatic physical therapy as well as community classes for all ages and abilities. For locations and times, check our schedule.
Aquatic community classes
In addition to aquatic therapy, community programs are available. In the Independent Pool Program, clients work independently on exercises they have learned. Community classes, including Ai Chi, Aquasize, senior fitness, and the osteoporosis, prenatal, arthritis and foundation aquatic programs, are led by an aquatic instructor.
As with any exercise program, check with your doctor to make sure aquatic therapy is appropriate for you.
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