What to Expect
Our physical therapists are specialized in the aquatic treatment of injuries to muscles, bones, ligaments, joints and nerves. Our goal is to return patients to their normal activities while helping them move and feel better and prevent re-injury in a more pain-free environment. Aquatic therapy is easy, fun and has less stress on your body.
During your first visit, a thorough evaluation will be performed by a physical therapist on land and not in the water. During the evaluation, your therapist may perform a series of tests to determine range of motion, muscle strength, postural alignment, abnormalities in walking pattern, body mechanics, or quality of movement. Short and long-term goals will be established in your plan of care.
Under the careful guidance of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, patients work on a wide range of exercises and activities designed especially for each patient in the aquatic environment. Your physical therapist will utilize the physical properties of the water to achieve your short and longterm goals. Most exercises are completed standing in chest height water with additional procedures supported in the water if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my hair get wet?
Our therapy sessions can be performed standing at waist to chest high water. With your permission, some activities are are completed floating on the water with support. Your head will be supported above the water, however, the back of your neck may get wet.
Does my insurance cover aquatic physical therapy?
Yes! Integrated Therapy is in network with Kaiser, Medicare, Worker's Compensation and most major insurance companies. Our office will verify your insurance benefits for aquatic physical therapy prior to your first session.
Why aquatic therapy versus land physical therapy?
Joints that are painful on land will be less painful in the water. Because of this, you are better able to increase your range of motion, increase your strength, decrease edema and improve your function on land...all with LESS PAIN! A therapeutic pool is warm which allows your muscles to relax and your pain to be decreased. The water is a safe and supportive environment for working on improving balance and coordination. The water allows you to work on posture and walking in a safe environment where you don't have to worry about falling!
Why Integrated Therapy?
What insurance do you accept?
• Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Kaiser Permanente
• Mutual of Omaha
• Principal Life
• Railroad Medicare
• Travelers Insurance
• Universal SmartComp
• US Department of Labor
• VA Medical Center
• Most workers' compensation cases
What to bring?
I am afraid of the water but I want aquatic therapy. What do I do?
You might be surprised to know how many people are afraid of pools/swimming. We have treated many people who are scared of pools helping you overcome your fear of the water so that you can benefit from aquatic therapy. The therapy sessions can be completed standing in shallow water only 3 1/2 to 4 feet high. We do not submerge under the waters surface. Our therapists are welcoming and will be with you in the water so you are able to maximize your pool experience and help to alleviate your fears.