Aquatic therapy – also called warm water therapy – is an extremely effective treatment option for people with a variety physical conditions and disabilities, and is an increasingly common rehabilitation treatment for orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Our physical therapists will lead you through a routine of structured aquatic exercises that utilize the physical properties of water to help your body heal. The water’s buoyancy reduces the effects of body weight and weight-bearing forces, allowing you to more easily perform therapeutic exercises. Aquatic therapy also increases circulation, heart rate and metabolic rate, while reducing pain, stress and blood pressure. 

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Increased circulation
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased metabolic rate
  • Relaxation
  • Reduction of pain and muscle spasms
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased strength, power and endurance
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
Why Choose Mercy Health?
At Mercy Health, our outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation department offers many specialty programs to assist our patients in achieving their specific sport, work or daily activity goals. These specialized programs are designed with your specific injury or surgery in mind and developed by the same physical therapist and athletic trainer team that leads your rehabilitation. Our aquatic therapy program is just one of a number of rehabilitation and physical therapy options that your physician may recommend. Providing quality care with compassion isn’t just with something we say — it’s what we do every day to help you be well.

Common Conditions

Lower back dysfunction
Post-surgical reconstruction and debridement
Total joint replacements
Chronic pain
Pre- and postpartum
Muscle strains
Ligament sprains
Deconditioned patient/athlete