Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy is offered in our beautiful warm water aquatic facility. Both therapeutic and recreational opportunities are available to patients and all community members. Individuals may participate in therapy, independent exercise, or a group water exercise program led by a certified instructor. Warm water exercise is beneficial for individuals with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injury, joint replacements, low back pain, osteoporosis, fractures, stroke, shoulder injuries and arthritis.  Everyone can benefit from aquatic exercise.

The 25 X 60 foot pool, heated to 92-94 degrees, offers a flat floor divided into depths ranging from two and a half feet to five feet, enabling individuals of varying heights to exercise comfortably. It has two Arjo hydraulic lifts that attach directly to specially designed chairs and stretchers, providing access to individuals of all abilities. Ambulatory participants may access the pool from stairways fitted with handrails. Physical, occupational and recreational therapists offer therapy and exercise options in the pool.  A lifeguard is always on duty.

By exercising in the therapeutic pool, participants are often able to control body movements in ways that are not possible “on land”. Aquatic therapy and exercise can reduce pain and discomfort while increasing physical function. In addition, warm water immersion can:
* support body weight and lessen the effects of gravity
* provide buoyancy and reduce weight-bearing stress on joints
* promote deep breathing
* promote cardiovascular and muscular endurance
* increase circulation, flexibility & balance
* promote healing
* encourage relaxation.

The group exercise program is designed to help individuals with arthritis and other conditions maintain and/or improve their muscular joint mobility through a series of warm water immersion exercises. A certified Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program instructor leads the group.

Click here to watch Double Amputee Swimming Lesson at Helen Hayes Hospital NY
Click here to watch Aquatic Therapy Quadriplegic Pool Therapy video.
Click here to watch Double Amputee Swimming video.

For information on Aquatic Therapy, call 845-786-4194 or 1-888-70-REHAB, ext. 4194, or click here.

Ai Chi is offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the pool. Ai Chi’s purpose is to increase a patient’s self-reliance and help the patient to control his/her health through their mind, body and spirit.

The therapy uses gentle movements designed to improve balance and posture, and offers relaxation on both land and in water. This therapy also has many cardiac benefits, such as gaining better control of breathing and increased strength of respiratory muscles. All of these benefits will help lead to more energy and provide a better way of life for the participant. For additional information on Ai Chi, please call 845-786-4457.

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