Making Waves in the TURTTLE Pool ~ Aquatic Physical Therapy

Today I got to spread my wings as a physical therapist …my water wings !

Powell Wellness Center has an amazing therapy pool:

Therapeutic Unique Rehabilitation Two Temperature Lap and Exercise Pool!

Seriously, check this out:

turttle pool

It has warm pockets for therapy, two-lane walking oval with chest-high water that provides a slight current for extra resistance for walking or swimming, and two 18-yard lanes for lap swimming or aqua classes. (not to mention a sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi).

Considering how much I love being in the water….I was practically in SPT heaven!

Todays drawing on the special water proof white boards...I could have been drawing in the water all along!?

Todays drawing on special water proof white boards for note taking…you mean I could have been drawing under water all along!?

On the patient list today was everything from a spinal chord injury, rotator cuff repair, arthritis,  to some chronic pain issues… The water provides an excellent medium to focus on improvement of:

  • function
  • aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
  • balance, coordination and agility
  • body mechanics and postural stabilization
  • flexibility
  • gait and locomotion
  • relaxation
  • muscle strength, power, and endurance

The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary diseases, disorders, or conditions.

Interested in learning a little bit more about aquatic physical therapy? Check out this video from the American Physical therapy Association’s Aquatic Section:


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