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Aquatic Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates is pleased to announce the addition of warm water Aquatic Physical Therapy as one of the services we provide to our patients.  In early April 2018, Orthopedic Rehabilitation Associates (ORA) teamed up with Pikes Peak Athletics Training Center (PPATC) at the new PPA training center at 602 Elkton Dr.

The new PPA training center features a 25-meter pool for recreational swimming and competitive youth and masters swim teams and a warm water 92-degree training pool for Aquatic Physical Therapy and Aquatic exercise classes.  The warm water training pool’s depth ranges from 3.6 ft. to 4.6 ft. deep. You can access the training pool by stairs in the pool or by a hydraulic chair lift. 

Benefits of Aquatic Physical Therapy:

  1. Water improves motion and flexibility.
  2. Water provides resistance for strength training.
  3. Water allows muscles to relax while helping to reduce pain.
  4. Water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence, and increasing functional mobility.
  5. Water stimulates body awareness(proprioception), static and dynamic balance, and core stability.
  6. The buoyancy of water decreases gravitational pull and lessens weight-bearing stresses on the joints of the spine and extremities allowing exercises to be performed easier than on land.
  7. Water can assist in decreasing abnormal tone, spasticity, and rigidity. Warm water Aquatic Physical Therapy in conjunction with hands-on manual therapy techniques are effective in reducing increased tone due to a neurological injury.
  8. Water can increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance.
  9. Water can promote relaxation and healing.

Aquatic Physical Therapy is offered at our West clinic 602 Elkton Dr.  Our aquatic rehabilitation program consists of supervised exercises performed in the water.   Both therapeutic and recreational opportunities are available to patients and all community members. Individuals may participate in aquatic physical therapy, independent exercise, or group water exercise programs led by a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.

Warm Water Aquatic Physical Therapy is beneficial for individuals with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injury, joint replacements, low back pain, osteoporosis, fractures, stroke, obesity, shoulder injuries, pregnancy, Parkinson’s and arthritis. Everyone can benefit from aquatic exercise.

Swimming is not a prerequisite skill. Patients can perform each exercise while standing in the water, holding on to the side of the pool, or using a flotation device. The water provides a safe and effective method for healing injuries, restoring patient confidence, and increasing mobility with each completed exercise.

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