The West Florida Aquatic Program offers Physical Therapy in a warm water setting for patients with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, stroke, spinal injury, brain injury, orthopedic injury, and neurological disease. The therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and design a treatment plan including individualized exercises, establishment and instruction in a pool program, and/or progression to land based physical therapy, depending on the patient's needs. Individuals with open wounds, continence concerns, or fear of the water would not be appropriate for the aquatic program.
Our experienced staff utilizes the unique properties of warm water to provide physical therapy in a safe, less painful environment. The low impact, aquatic based exercise program offers many benefits to recovering patients. The buoyancy effect of water lessens the stress of weight-bearing joints such as hips, knees and spine, thus allowing greater ease of movement with less pain. The resistive properties of water allow for a variety of strengthening, balance, and coordination techniques to be performed. The patient may continue the program by joining a pool maintenance class upon completion of the aquatic physical therapy.
A referral from a Florida licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant is required.
Therapeutic Benefits of Warm Water Exercise
- Promotes muscular relaxation
- Reduces pain sensitivity
- Decreases muscle spasticity
- Increases ease of joint movement
- Increases muscular strength and endurance in cases of excessive weakness
- Increases peripheral circulation
- Improves respiratory muscles
- Improves body awareness, balance and trunk stability
- Improves patient morale and confidence
- Aquatics Rehabilitations Program Fact Sheet
For more information, call (850) 494-6161.