At TIRR Memorial Hermann, our therapists have extensive training in aquatic rehabilitation. The inpatient therapy pool at Kirby Glen and TIRR Memorial Hermann's main campus in the Texas Medical Center and the outpatient therapy pools at Memorial City and Sugar Land offer aquatic therapy for patients with orthopedic, medical, neurological disorders and cancer who experience symptoms such as:
- General debility
- Weight bearing restrictions after surgery
- changes in muscle tone
- impairments with walking
- impairments with sitting and standing balance
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 such as:
- Hydrostatic pressure
These properties help our patients work toward functional independence or their functional therapy goals.
Goals of Aquatic Therapy
Common goals which can be addressed in the water include:
- Increased balance
- Pain reduction
- Increased independence with gait and transfers
- Home exercise instruction
- Spasticity reduction
- Increased flexibility
- Improve tolerance to sitting and standing
Aquatic therapy can be performed by a physical or occupational therapist and is tailored to the individual need of the patient and can be in combination with land therapy and aquatics or aquatics alone. Both pediatrics and adults would benefit from aquatic therapy.
For more information, contact us at 1 (800) 44-REHAB (73422) or (713) 797-5942. Also reach us by fax at (713) 797-5988.