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Aquatic Physical Therapy

580 8What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic physical therapy helps you take the first step towards your recovery. Early intervention following injury or surgery is critical for a successful recovery.

The healing powers of water reduce inflammation, promote blood flow and allow an injured area to exercise more easily and safely than on land. Also, the buoyancy, support and accommodating resistance of water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy:

Circulatory System:
- Blood supply
- Muscle metabolism
- Respiratory rate

- Heart demand
- Blood pressure
- heart rate

Cardiorespiratory System:
- Ventilation of lungs
- Blood flow to muscle

- Blood pressure
Musculoskeletal System:
- Joint ROM
- Flexibility
- Strength
- Muscle endurance
- Circulation

- Balance
- Proprioception
- Posture awareness

Skeletal System:
- Facilitates bone growth
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Avoids stress fractures

Healing Process:
- Increased circulation
- Decreases edema

Economic / Social Benefits:
- Start Rehab sooner
- Reduces rehab time

Plus, the temperature of the water prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretching and generally reduces the sensation of pain.


Aquatic Physical Therapy interventions are designed to improve or maintain:

  • Increase function
  • Increase aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
  • Increase balance
  • Decrease Pain
  • Improve body mechanics and postural stabilization
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve gait and locomotion
  • Improve relaxation
  • Increase muscle strength, power, and endurance

Why Aquatic Therapy?

David Anselmo, PT, Owner of Cross Keys Physical Therapy believes that Aquatic Therapy is an excellent way to rehab injured patients. Exercise is the fountain of youth that everyone wants to drink. However, jogging, aerobic dance, running, and cross training has not proven to be good on our joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments. I am seeing more injuries from these types of activities everyday."

Aquatic Therapy is the use of Warm water at Therapeutic temperature between 90-94 degrees. The buoyancy of water facilitates exercise without the forces present with land-based programs.. At Cross Keys Physical Therapy our Aquatic Therapy Sessions are in a 20ft by 30 ft pool. Our Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are in the water with the patients to instruct, stretch, massage and demonstrate to each patient as needed to reach individual goals.

The aquatic environment helps reduce inflammation and decreases pressure on an injured joint/spine column, allowing them to begin recovery and exercise much earlier and safer than land based therapy. 

Aquatic Therapy at our Pennsville and Washington Township Locations....