Aquatic Therapy


Patients with painful conditions have much less pain moving in the water than they do on land. We use a state of the art, warm (90ยบ) therapy pool which makes your body feel as light as a feather. It is an effective treatment option for many painful conditions, and is an ideal way to start a rehabilitation program. However, patients ultimately need to function on land, so a transitional program of pool and land PT is ideal.


Benefits Of Aquatic Therapy
  • Faster healing time for certain conditions
  • Increased flexibility and strength
  • Improve Cardiovascular function and Circulation
How does Aquatic Therapy Do This?
  • Buoyancy – or the feeling of weightlessness can reduce the weight on the joints by as much as 80%
  • Hydrostatic Pressure – This will reduce the swelling in your body, as well as improve your circulation, just by stepping into the warm water
  • Pain Relief – The warmth of the water reduces muscle spasms and pain
Conditions helped by Aquatic Therapy
  • Arthritic and Rheumatic Conditions
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Pre-surgical and Post-surgical back, hip, knee and ankle conditions
  • Painful necks and backs
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Balance Disorders
  • Athletes with impairments that wish to train their cardiovascular fitness
Are there reasons why I shouldn’t go into the water?
  • Patients with urinary tract infections or other skin infections or open wounds should not go into the water; patients who are incontinent should not go into the water.
Do I need to be able to swim?
  • No – A therapist will be with you in the water at all times. We have many patients who are uncomfortable in the water, however we assure you that you will be well supervised and safe.

Aquatic Therapy visits are by appointment at the San Pedro/Peninsula YMCA. Before being accepted into the program, the patient must be evaluated in our land clinic to ensure their condition is appropriate for Aquatic Therapy. The YMCA is located at 301 S. Bandini, St., San Pedro, CA 90731