Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water, including buoyancy and resistance, to aid in rehabilitation and healing. Buoyancy reduces stress on the joints and injured soft tissues, while resistance allows for strengthening of specific muscle groups.
The unique physical properties of water make it an ideal and comfortable medium in which to challenge all levels of strength, especially when joints are injured and movement is difficult. When used as part of an individualized treatment program, aquatic therapy allows for functional movement earlier in the therapeutic program by reducing the effects of weight bearing on joints by up to 80 percent. In addition, our Memorial Hermann aquatic therapists also provide advice on how to continue aquatic therapy at home or at a local pool.
Aquatic therapy can be performed by a physical or occupational therapist and is tailored to the individual needs of the patient and can be in combination with land therapy and aquatics or aquatics alone. Both pediatrics and adults would benefit from aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy can provide benefits to patients recovering from a broad range of musculoskeletal and neurological problems, including:
Aquatic therapy combines traditional exercise with the water's buoyancy to enhance and accelerate the rehabilitation process. The pool is kept at a therapeutic 92 degrees and is accessible by stairs or chair lift. Aquatic therapy utilizes the unique properties of water such as:
These properties help our patients work toward functional independence or their functional therapy goals.
Common goals which can be addressed in the water include:
Both TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation facilities offer aquatic therapy.
See below for the Memorial Hermann locations that offer these services.