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DCH Physical Rehabilitation is home to the region’s preeminent Aquatic Therapy pool utilized exclusively for physical therapy patients and Back to Life members.

Aquatic Therapy, also known as hydrotherapy, is a rehabilitative program that utilizes movement and exercise in water as either a resistive tool or to assist movement due to buoyancy. The temperature of the water is maintained at a comfortable 92 degrees, which serves to reduce pain and promote increased joint movement by relaxing spasmodic or tense muscle tissue. Therapeutic treatments generally focus on flexibility, strengthening, balance, endurance and pain management. Exercise includes the use of weights, dumbbells, float bars, kickboards, noodles, wonder boards, waist belts, resistance gloves, paddles, fins, rubber tubing and more. The aquatic therapy pool at DCH Physical Rehabilitation is also accessible to appropriate patients with disabilities, offering use of a hydraulic lift chair for patient access.


Aquatic Therapy is ideal for persons recovering from injuries or those with chronic illness.  Individuals suffering with degenerative disc problems or chronic pain typically respond well to the therapeutic properties of the water. The aquatic environment promotes decreased weight bearing to the joints of the knees, hips and back, allowing for increased ease of movement and decreased pain. Often, patients who experience difficulty tolerating traditional therapy techniques show improved response with aquatic therapy. The goal of Aquatic Therapy is to quickly transition the patient to a land-based rehabilitation program, within a few sessions, to prepare the patient for functional activities.


Aquatic Therapy may not be appropriate for everyone. Patients should consult a personal physician and discuss their complete medical history with the therapist.


Aquatic Therapy offers benefits for the following:
  • Back Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Cardio Training
  • Endurance training
  • Foot, Ankle and Knee Pain
  • Gait and Balance Training
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Preparation for land-based therapy

For more information about Aquatic Therapy at DCH Physical Rehabilitation call (205) 759-7860 to speak with a Physical Therapist.