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Aquatic Therapy

At TIRR Memorial Hermann, our therapists have extensive training in aquatic rehabilitation. The inpatient therapy pool at TIRR Memorial Hermann's main campus in the Texas Medical Center and the outpatient therapy pool at Memorial City offers aquatic therapy for patients with orthopedic and neurological disorders who experience symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Weight bearing restrictions after surgery
  • Swelling

Therapeutic Properties of Water

Aquatic therapy combines traditional exercise with the water's buoyancy to enhance and accelerate the rehabilitation process. The pool is kept at a therapeutic 92 degrees and is accessible by stairs or chair lift. Aquatic therapy utilizes the unique properties of water to address physical therapy goals, including:

  • Buoyancy
  • Resistance
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Warmth

Goals of Aquatic Therapy

Common goals which can be addressed in the water include:

  • Increased balance
  • Strengthening
  • Pain reduction
  • Increased independence with gait and transfers
  • Home exercise instruction
  • Spasticity reduction
  • Increased flexibility

Aquatic therapy is especially helpful for people who have reached a plateau with land-based therapy, are too weak to work on functional goals on land, or have pain which limits participation in therapy. In outpatient therapy, patients may participate in a combination of land and aquatics or aquatics alone. Pool platforms are utilized to accommodate patients of all heights.

For more information, contact us at 1-800-44-REHAB (73422) or (713) 797-5942. Also reach us by fax at (713) 797-5988.