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Monday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 

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131 University Drive
Pontiac, MI 48342
Phone: (248) 841-4559
Fax: (248) 745-0396
Email: accuratephysical@yahoo.com

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Aquatic Therapy

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A form of exercise and physical therapy that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States is aquatic therapy, which involves using the buoyancy power of water as a medium for exercising. A form of aquatic physical therapy is exercise, guided by a specially trained therapist that uses water to help strengthen and rehabilitate muscles, joints or bones that have been injured, have degenerative conditions, neurological conditions, post-surgery and numerous other ailments. Aquatic therapy is also used as a general form of exercise and conditioning as well as for relaxation.

Therapy takes place in our temperature controlled pool that is equipped with a jet system that allows the water to massage the patient as they exercise. The pool is deep enough to partially submerge the participant. Being under water can reduce the effects of the body’s weight anywhere from 50 to 90, percent depending on how much of the body is submerged.

How It Works

Buoyancy: Buoyancy of the water reduces the effects of gravity, permits floatation, and is used for resistance in place of gravity or weights.

Resistance: Water is 600-700 times more resistive than air, which helps strengthen weak muscles.

Warm Water: Submersion in warm water (usually 95 degrees) helps relieve painful and aching muscles and joints, along with the benefits of jet whirlpool massage.

Uniform Pressure: The uniform water pressure helps promote stability and coordination.

Hydrostatic Pressure: The hydrostatic pressure of the water supports and stabilizes the body, helping with heart and lung function. The body benefits from the hydrostatic pressure of the water without even moving decreasing pain, which in turn increases range of motion and promotes other physical benefits.

Aquatic therapy is especially beneficial to people with orthopedic or cardiac conditions where limited or non-weight bearing exercise is best. Also beneficial when normal movement is limited by pain, inflammation, spasms or weakness. There are numerous different exercise, treatment methods and techniques available for the therapist to use depending on the specific needs of the client.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

Therapists and clients report numerous benefits of aquatic therapy. The most often cited benefits include:

  • Improved muscle strength and tone
  • Increased range of motion and flexibility
  • Muscle reeducation
  • Decreased swelling
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased cardiovascular function
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Better sense of well-being
  • Motivation to exercise and practice a healthy lifestyle

Our pool is handicap accessible, with a hydrolic chair lift and bariatric straps.