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Aquatic Therapy

The CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Centers feature a warm water therapy pool. Aquatic therapy or pool therapy consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance.

Water is an excellent base for exercise, providing an anti-stress environment for movement. Gentle water exercises use the water's resistance to build muscle strength and flexibility. Water exercise can benefit people who find weight bearing exercise difficult (or painful) on dry land.

The warm water enhances muscular relaxation, which increases circulation, reduces swelling and promotes healing. When immersed to shoulder level, 80% of the body's effective gravity dissipates due to the buoyancy of the water. In turn, buoyancy reduces compressive forces on the joints, allowing those with chronic pain to move and walk with greater ease and increase their range of motion.

The 89 degree heated indoor pool is fully accessible.

Benefits of Aquatic Therapy

  • Improves muscle tone and strength.

  • Improves endurance.

  • Increases cardiovascular function.

  • Improves self esteem.

  • Reduction in gravitational force provides therapeutic benefits.

  • Provides psychological benefits.

  • Overall improvement in quality of life.
    Increased circulation, endurance, flexibility, range of motion, balance, and coordination.

Aquatic Fitness Classes

Stay fit with a variety of fitness classes available at the CMH Rehab & Exercise Therapy Centers.  We have a variety of different classes available for all levels of fitness.  Afternoon and evening classes are available.  All classes are open to men and women of all ages. 

Fibromyalgia Aquatic Class - A class designed specifically to help fibromyalgia patients get in shape the pain-free way, in the water.  Includes cardiovascular conditioning, core strength, flexibility and relaxation.

Aquaerobics Class - Dance your way to fitness in the water! This high energy, low impact exercise class has it all.  Burn calories, strengthen muscles, stretch and "go with the flow" of the water to the beat of the music.

Ai Chi Fusion Class - This class combines the mind-body exercise of Ai Chi (Tai Chi type movements), Pilates and Yoga in the water for a flowing, thoughtful workout to strengthen the core, improve posture and spinal alignment and develop focus and concentration.

Arthritis Aquatic Class - Use the water to help improve flexibility, strength and endurance.  Perfect for people with arthritis, with a few "twinges in the hinges", or just looking for a kinder, gentler exercise.

Aquatic Informed Consent

The following informed consent form is to be filled out by all Aquatic Fitness Class participants.   You are welcome to print the paper version of this form by choosing one of the versions below (it will take a few moments to load the printable version of the form). Then you may fill out the paper copy, and bring it with you to your first session.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact CMH Rehab Services at (434) 447-0895.

Download the PDF Version

If you don't have access to Microsoft Word 2000 at home you can download the PDF file that can be viewed by Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you may download it FREE here.

Please call us today for more information on Aquatic Therapy or Aquatic Fitness Classes. 
CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Centers
750 Lombardy Street, South Hill, Virginia
(434) 447-0895