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Aquatic Therapy

The VCU Health Rehab Center at South Hill features 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.

Please call us today for more information on Aquatic Therapy. 

VCU Health Rehab Center at South Hill
750 Lombardy Street, South Hill, Virginia
(434) 447-0895