Aquatic Therapy Available in Central Palm Beach County!
State-of-the-art Pool Therapy Boynton Beach, FL
At Bolduc Physical / Aquatic Therapy & Sports Medicine in Boynton Beach, Florida, we offer state-of-the-art pool therapy, which provides patients an ideal atmosphere for progressive early intervention, with activities and exercises designed to achieve positive treatment results.
Water provides a safe, comforting, relaxed environment for gentle, virtually weightless exercise. Merely standing in water that is waist-deep reduces your weight by 50%. Bolduc’s aquatic therapy team is specially trained to work with orthopedic patients and offers specific exercise protocols for increasing strength, stamina, and flexibility among neurologic and postsurgical patients. When aquatic therapy is recommended, our therapists will develop a one-on-one customized exercise program, including hands-on therapy, for each patient. For more information about our aquatic therapy program, call (561) 752-3820 in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Our pool therapy reduces pressure on joints to provide greater mobility and decrease pain, which increases flexibility for a faster recovery. Because the water provides support for weight-bearing joints, treatment can begin sooner. The controlled heat setting of a therapy pool can be helpful for easing pain, increasing circulation, relaxing tense muscles, and decreasing stress.
You will learn specific exercises to target your affected areas. You may gain strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and range of motion. With the reduction of gravity in the pool, you may find that you can perform movements that you cannot do on land. Your aquatic therapy program will be upgraded as you progress in treatment. The full range of benefits associated with aquatic therapy includes:
- Alleviates pressure on joints and spine
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Increases range of motion
- Promotes improved muscle strength and endurance
- Decreases muscle spasms and spasticity
- Promotes cardiovascular fitness
- Improves circulation in the veins and in turn benefits the heart and lungs
- Enables relaxed patient participation
You do not need to know how to swim to participate in aquatic therapy and for your safety and comfort you may sometimes use flotation devices. Direct assistance from a qualified therapist during your treatments will help to maximize the time you are in the pool to achieve the greatest benefit. Aquatic therapists are physical therapists or occupational therapists that have received additional training in aquatic therapy principles.
Your aquatic therapist will evaluate your baseline strength, limitations, and functional skill level and also assess your muscle movements, coordination, balance, and endurance. You should tell your aquatic therapist about any concerns or difficulties that you have. The evaluation and your input are used to formulate a customized treatment plan that includes specific short term and long term goals. At Bolduc Physical/ Aquatic Therapy and Sports Medicine, aquatic therapy is always provided in one-on-one sessions.
Prior to participating in aquatic therapy, you will need a prescription and medical release to do so from your physician. Some people may not be candidates for aquatic therapy because of specific contradictions, such as open wounds. Most people find aquatic therapy to be beneficial and enjoyable. However, aquatic therapy rehabilitation is not considered a treatment for weight reduction because it is not an excellent source of aerobic exercise
- Large therapy pool is 12 feet x 18 feet
- Depths vary from 3 1/2 feet to 6 feet, allowing for a variety of exercises as well as deep water exercises
- Water temperature is maintained between 95-97 degrees, which allows for muscle relaxation and improved elongation of muscle fibers during treatment session
- Various pieces of water-specific exercise equipment to treat all conditions
- Entry into the pool by stairs or chair lift (up to 450 lbs)
- Locker room available with private changing rooms, lockers, and showers