Why Water for
WOR and Aquatic Center has a state-of-the-art 92-94 degree indoor pool used
exclusively by our clinic for optimal rehabilitation.
Why use a therapeutic pool:
There are many benefits to using the water for rehabilitation. It is
extremely important that the water used for therapy is in a warm pool with
temperatures above 90 degrees to have maximum benefit. This temperature is
considered “therapeutic”. Health club pools are not considered therapeutic
temperature as they usually range from 78 degrees to 82 degrees to serve the
lap simmer population.
Aquatic physical therapy is now being recognized as one of the most
effective forms of rehabilitation for a variety of physical conditions.
Water’s unique characteristics provide support and comfort while eliminating
painful stress on joints and muscles allowing for a faster recovery. The
buoyancy and smooth resistance of water allows for greater freedom of
movement so the injury is not aggravated, yet the body is still challenged
at an adequate stress level improving function and minimizing pain. The warm
therapeutic temperature also promotes muscle relaxation that promotes
greater freedom of movement. Exercising in water also increases circulation
which can decrease swelling after surgery or injury.
Why have different depths in a pool?
Shallow water Rehabilitation – water depths of 4 feet
These depths allow for early walking retraining, balance training, easing
into weight bearing when there have been weight bearing limitations set
(after some surgeries), sports or work specific activities that cannot be
performed on land and other rehabilitation protocols.
Deep Water Training-water depth of 6 feet
This depth allows for total decompression of the spine and joints. Total
body conditioning, traction, relaxation training, lumbar stabilization and
joint decompression exercises can be performed. This is especially
beneficial to back patients and those patients that cannot tolerate land
There are countless benefits of aquatic rehabilitation when performed in
warm water with different depths. If you have any questions regarding
aquatic physical therapy, please contact us at (509) 242-6002.
WOR Aquatic Therapy has two locations: 507 S. Washington, Ste. 10 in the
lower South Hill area and 765 E. Holland Ste. 3 on the north side in the
North Point Medical Plaza. We have designed a therapeutic pool at each
location to provide the community with the full benefits of aquatic
rehabilitation. Aquatic physical therapy has long been recognized as one of
the most effective forms of therapy for a variety of physical conditions
including post surgical, total joint replacements, sports, work injuries and
arthritis. It is also especially effective for post-operative and “pain
sensitive” patients. The ATRIC certified staff at WOR is committed to
providing excellent quality comprehensive care in a small friendly
environment with an emphasis on personal attention. Additionally, we offer a
full land rehabilitation program including manual therapy,
strain/counterstrain, modalities and therapeutic exercises.
Our Aquatic staff features:
Bad Ragaz Trained
Ai Chi Certified
Our Aquatic Physical Pool features:
Indoor, warm 92-94 degree water
Depths ranging from 4 to 6 feet
Locker rooms and showers
Some benefits of aquatic physical therapy include:
Protection of joints during exercise
Decompression of the whole body during deep water training
Swelling reduction of the injured area during therapy treatment
Weight relief for decreased weight bearing diagnoses
Enhancement of relation which aides in pain and muscle spasm relief
A customized treatment program is designed by our physical therapists to
meet the specific treatment needs of each patient to provide a comprehensive
rehabilitation program which may include aquatic and land therapy.
We are Medicare certified and accept L&I and most insurances. We also
provide billing. Please call our office if you need any information. We are
looking forward to serving you.