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Aquatic (water) Therapy

I need to lose weight for a surgery and...

Question: I need to lose weight for a surgery and every time I walk or exercise it flares up an old knee injury. Would an aquatic exercise program help me lose weight?

Answer: Yes, aquatic exercise would help reduce the stress on the joint and allow for more cardio, which will burn more calories and help with weight loss.

For more information on Aquatic Therapy, call 360-496-3593.

I have Multiple Sclerosis and was wondering if I would benefit from aquatic...

Question: I have Multiple Sclerosis and was wondering if I would benefit from aquatic therapy. I use a wheelchair often so how I would get in and out of the pool?

Answer: The aquatic setting may be beneficial to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis by reducing stiffness and improve muscle movements. A physical therapy consultation would determine what therapy activities would be best for you. Oftentimes, patients with Multiple Sclerosis benefit greatly from aquatic therapy programs. Don't worry about getting in and out of the pool. The Arbor Health therapy pool has a lift located at the front of the pool to lower and raise individuals in wheelchairs in and out of the pool.

Does aquatic therapy help arthritis? I can no longer...

Question: Does aquatic therapy help arthritis? I can no longer go on long walks because it causes my hips and knees to flare up. 

Answer: Yes, the water allows you to exercise by taking the weight off your joints and allows you to strengthen your muscles.  Also, the thermal effect of the warm water allows your muscles to move with more ease and allowing you to stretch.  “Motion is lotion to your joints”.

I have a fear of water and can’t swim...

Question: I have a fear of water and can’t swim, however, the doctor recommended I try aquatic therapy for my joints. Should I try it?

Answer: There is no swimming involved and therapy will be provided at a water level that you are comfortable.  Usually at the chest level. We have staff members trained and on-site if you were to need medical assistance.