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:
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!
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:
- aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
- balance, coordination and agility
- body mechanics and postural stabilization
- gait and locomotion
- 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: