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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Water Aerobics/Exercise
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Aquatic Therapy is offered in a state-of-the-art warm water aquatic facility. Both therapeutic and recreational opportunities are available to patients and the community. Individuals may participate in therapy, adapted aquatic instruction, aquatic exercise, leisure swims or the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP). Individuals with low back pain, osteoporosis, stroke and arthritis can benefit from aquatic exercise. It is also beneficial for individuals with orthopedic disorders, including those recuperating from joint replacements.

The 25 X 60 foot pool, which is heated to 92-94 degrees, offers a flat floor divided into depths ranging from two and a half feet to five feet, enabling individuals of varying heights to exercise comfortably. It has two Arjo hydraulic lifts that attach directly to specially designed chairs and stretchers, providing access to individuals of all abilities. Ambulatory participants may access the pool from stairways fitted with handrails. Physical and occupational therapists and Recreational Therapy specialists all offer therapy in the pool. Aquatic staff, as well as a lifeguard, are always on duty.

By exercising in the therapeutic pool, participants are often able to control body movements in ways that are not possible "on land". Aquatic therapy and exercise can reduce pain and discomfort while increasing physical function. In addition, warm water immersion can:
  • support body weight and lessen the effects of gravity
  • provide buoyancy and reduce weight-bearing stress on joints
  • promote deep breathing
  • promote cardiovascular and muscular endurance
  • increase circulation, flexibility & balance
  • promote healing
  • encourage relaxation
The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is designed to help individuals with arthritis maintain and/or improve their muscular joint mobility. A certified instructor leads participants in gentle, non-demanding exercises developed by the Arthritis Foundation.