Aquatic Therapy

What is Aquatic Physical Therapy?
Receiving your physical therapy treatment in the water offers more than simply a comfortable place to exercise. Physical therapy techniques typically done on land, such as manual therapy, back and trunk stabilization, neuromuscular re-education, gait training, and other prescribed treatments are performed in the aquatic environment to take advantage of the beneficial properties of water. Specific aquatic techniques are incorporated into your treatment as well.

Aspire Therapy offers one-on-one aquatic physical therapy. Following an evaluation by a licensed physical therapist, an individualized program based on your specific needs is created. Land physical therapy may also be incorporated into your therapeutic sessions.

Aspire Therapy one on one physical therapy for children and  adults. We specialize in aquatic physical therapy using the properties of water coupled with traditional physical therapy techniques to provide comprehensive healing. The properties of water provide many therapeutic benefits.

 Pediatric Aquatic Therapy

What do we do in Aquatic Therapy with Children?
A licensed physical therapist creates an individualized program for each child based on his or her needs. Therapeutic and functional exercises aided by the buoyancy and resistance of the water enable children to learn new movement patterns and become more independent in and out of the water. We communicate with your child’s other therapists, physicians and teachers, at your discretion, to maintain goals appropriate for all aspects of their health. Aquatic therapy compliments many other therapies.

Why water?
Aquatic therapy can build self-esteem and body image as it builds strength and coordination. Children are challenged physically, developmentally, emotionally and functionally, while having fun in the water. The benefits of aquatic therapy go beyond the basics of physical therapy and the properties of water. Aquatic therapy takes advantage of all the properties of water so children can strengthen muscles, learn new movement patterns and become more independent.

Pediatric Conditions That Respond Well to Aquatic Therapy:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Impaired Motor Planning and Coordination



Adult Aquatic Therapy

Adult Aquatic Therapy is beneficial to most anyone seeking to increase strength, decrease pain and improve function. Clients often begin their therapy in the water and move to land-based exercises when ready. Swimming skills are not necessary to benefit from water therapy. Cliends can use a flotation belt in the water to work on a higher level strengthening and conditoning without joint stress.

Common diagnoses that respond well to Aquatic Therapy
Services include among others:

  • Acute muscle strains and soft tissue injuries
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Deconditioning
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Joint replacements

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Characteristics of Water:

  • Buoyancy decreases body weight and strain on joints when standing. This allows clients to participate in therapy when it would be too difficulty or painful on land.
  • Viscosity applies resistance when moving, increasing the challenge.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure of water reduces edema and swelling allowing movement to body parts that would be impossible or
    painful on land.

These characteristics are optimal for:

  • Increasing flexibility, strength and movement of painful joints * Increasing cardiovascular endurance
  • Increasing balance, trunk alignment and stability
  • Decreasing abnormal tone and rigidity of muscles
  • Gait training
  • Increasing peripheral circulation
  • Recovering from surgery

For further information regarding Water Therapy, Arthritis Programs or Independent pool usage, please contact us at the Youngtown Clinic (623)972-4033.

Our pool is also used for an Arthritis Aquatic Class, please see our Arthritis page for more information.

Water Therapy occurs on a one to one basis with a therapist and requires a Medical Prescription.