Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is a unique form of physical therapy that incorporates water to unload the body during exercise to improve movement with less pain and difficulty.

Performing exercise in the water provides many benefits. The unique properties of the water decrease compression through the joints, can reduce inflammation and improves pain-free movement. Aquatic therapy is a great tool for those patients who have difficulty performing exercises on land.

Benefits of the water


  • Reduces Joint Impact
  • Allows for ease of movement
  • Improves range of motion

Therapeutic temperature (94 degrees)

  • Facilitates muscle relaxation
  • Decreases Pain
  • Decreases abnormal tone, spasticity and rigidity
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases blood flow

Hydrostatic pressure

  • Increases venous return and circulation
  • Provides joint positional awareness
  • Decreases edema


  • Provides resistance for strength training
  • Stimulates body awareness
  • Improves trunk stability

Psychosocial benefit

  • Improves attitude and patient morale
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Positive medium to allow patient return to prior level of function​

Common Diagnoses Seen

  • Low back pain
  • Post-op (spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle)
  • Imbalance/Fall Risk
  • Neuro patients
  • Chronic Pain

Get Better and Stay Better

If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with one of our caring physical therapists today.

Who benefits from Aquatic Therapy at Preferred Physical Therapy?

When exercising in a physical therapy pool, hydrostatic pressure, water temperature, and resistance combine to enhance cardiovascular stamina, muscle strength, and flexibility to drive early range of motion gains during post-surgery recovery. Gait training in a low-impact environment allows for earlier replication of proper ambulatory biomechanics and reduces the accumulated damage of land exercise.

After any type of injury or surgery, increasing your mobility while still maintaining conditioning is a top priority. By taking advantage of the body’s buoyancy in water, the advanced technology of HydroWorx’s fitness and physical therapy pools eliminates 20% to 100% of a person’s bodyweight. As a result, patients or athletes who are unable to exercise on land can achieve immediate rehabilitative results with little to no bodyweight underwater.

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Here’s what some of our patients had to say

“I feel very comfortable with the wonderful care and attention provided from all of your representatives, especially from my therapist, Josh.” – Rose

five stars Rose Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“Truly care about the health of their patients. Always have a smile and treat each person with pride and kindness.” – Patricia

five stars Patricia Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“I felt welcomed and valued as a patient.” – Shaina R.

five stars Shaina R. Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“Excellent staff, timing is always right on, no waiting, very knowledgeable staff and professional. Won’t go anywhere else but this location. Thank you all of you!” – Elizabeth W.

five stars Elizabeth W. Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“Everyone there is so friendly and kind! Especially my therapist Becky! She feels like my friend. On top of that, she is good at what she does.” – Ada B.

five stars Ada B. Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“Therapists are very attentive to the needs of their patients. Extra care is taken to ensure a healthy and safe environment for professional health that monitors and progresses the ability of the patient.” – Mark Y.

five stars Mark Y. Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“Quality communication and explanation so you understand the interventions and exercises.” – Rachel G.

five stars Rachel G. Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

“The therapy I received addressed the problems that I was having and provided a set of exercises to continue at home.” – John P.

five stars John P Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

My pain was very great when I started therapy. The staff was helped me work through the pain. I am thankful my balance has greatly improved and swelling and pain is almost gone completely. I’m thankful I can walk again. Very positive experience for me.    

five stars Carolyn Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

When I came in for my first visit a few days after my surgery my knee bend was only 85º. Now at my last visit my bend is 115º! I am doing stairs almost normally, it is awesome! I am using my stationary bike at home just like I did before.    

five stars Judy Preferred Physical Therapy Patient

Is aquatic therapy right for you?

Schedule an appointment or call us at (855) 745-0278.