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Aquatic Therapy at Bayhealth

About Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is effective for a wide range of orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses, including knee and shoulder surgeries, back injuries, arthritis, stroke,
fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and many other conditions.

Why Aquatic Therapy?

In water, limbs are supported, range of motion may increase, and the points of force are dispersed over a much greater area of the body. All aquatic therapy is low impact, reducing the stress on joints. Warm water often promotes relaxation and decreases pain in those with arthritic conditions, muscle spasms and increased muscle tone. Swelling may be reduced because the pressure from the water assists fluids to move from the extremities back to the trunk. Specific deep water activities can provide traction along the lumbar spine and therefore relieve pressure and possibly reduce radiating symptoms.

About Our Pool

Bayhealth’s pool is equipped with two whirlpool jets and the temperature is maintained between 90 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit. The pool measures 12 x 21 feet with graded depths of 3.5 to 4.0 feet, including a 10-foot well. For safe entering and exiting, the pool is accessible via stairs and a hydraulic chair lift. Rubber soled footwear is required in locker rooms and on the pool deck at all times.

Certified Therapists

All aquatic therapists are lifeguard and CPR certified through the American Red Cross or YMCA.