Indications for aquatic therapy include

  • Arthritis
  • Back and Spine Physical Rehab
  • Orthopedic and Post surgical Rehab
  • Pain Management
  • Sports injury recovery

goals of Aquatic Exercise

  • Promote regular exercise performance in a a more comfortable environment
  • Increase flexibility with gentle stretching
  • Increase range of motion
  • Resistive exercise (water is 17x heavier than air)
  • Increase muscular endurance with maximal repetitions
  • Neuromuscular coordination (walking, trunk stability, balance)
  • Improved function as it relates to mobility and stability in activities of your daily life
  • Transition to land base exercise

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Promotes muscular relaxation
  • Reduces pain sensitivity
  • Decreases muscle spasms
  • Increases muscular strength and endurance in cases of excessive weakness
  • Reduces gravitational forces (early ambulation i.e. post operative status)
  • Increases peripheral circulation
  • Improves respiratory muscles
  • Improves body awareness, balance, proximal trunk stability
  • Improves patient moral and confidence
  • Buoyancy counteracts gravity and alleviates body weight by reducing the compression forces on the joints

Aquatic Therapy Sessions

Snowden Orthopedic and Occupational Rehabilitation is one of the very few San Antonio Physical Rehab clinics that offers aquatic therapy. We are now using the Gold’s Gym pool located off De Zavala Rd in the Fiesta Trails Shopping Center.