*Our therapists have competency certificates in aquatics from the APTA.
Aquatic therapy is performed by a physical or occupational therapist and takes place in our on-campus pool. Aquatic therapy is also known as water therapy, aquatic rehabilitation, aqua therapy, pool therapy, therapeutic aquatic exercise or hydrotherapy.
TNC offers aquatic therapy as part of our Inpatient Medical Rehab, Inpatient Post-Acute Brain Injury, and Outpatient Medical Rehab programs. Our indoor aquatic therapy pool is located in our Outpatient Medical building and is heated to 90-92 degrees year round
Performing therapy in the water can be beneficial for a variety of individuals with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal disorders. Aquatic therapy differs from land therapy due to the specific properties of water. These unique properties decrease joint compression forces, may reduce inflammation and provide feedback for improving posture. The aquatic setting is a safe environment to address balance deficits without the fear of falling. For those patients who may have difficulty exercising on land, aquatic therapy provides a comfortable and therapeutic medium in which to gain strength and endurance.
On the first visit, the patient is evaluated on land and treatment goals and plan of care are established. The therapist uses this information to set goals for continued treatment. If pool therapy is indicated, the therapist will recommend follow up therapy sessions in the water. It is not necessary for patients to know how to swim before initiating an aquatic therapy program. A therapist directs each 1:1 individualized treatment session for Inpatient Rehab. and Outpatients. Post-Acute Brain Injury patients receive group sessions as a part of their community re-entry program.