Therapists at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano work with your physician to design a personalized rehabilitation plan to help you improve mobility, prevent injury and increase physical activity. One-on-one sessions, advanced equipment, personal encouragement and experienced therapists all combine to help you achieve your rehabilitation goals.
Therapists at Texas Health Plano are dedicated to creating a positive, safe and nurturing environment to help patients grow and progress in a dignified manner. Plus, they provide detailed instructions on exercises patients can do at home to continue their rehabilitation.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has two indoor therapy pools for aquatic therapy, featuring various depths, two underwater treadmills and a chair lift. Benefits of aquatic therapy include:
- Increased range of motion, endurance, strengthening, joint flexibility and cardiovascular functioning
- Decreased pain through decreased joint compression forces
- Decrease in abnormal tone. The water temperature will vary for the needs of the patients, for example: warmer for higher muscle tone and cooler for multiple sclerosis. Gentle stretching can be more comfortable and effective in the pool.
- Increased coordination
- Improved balance through slowing down movement and allowing increased reaction time
- Increase perceptual/spatial awareness. Sensory input of water increases body awareness of body parts and encourages use of them.
- Can promote relaxation
- Can help a patient who has mobility limitations to have more freedom to move
- Increased motivation and enjoyment through providing a new environment
- Confidence in the water will build with exposure
Patients with the following conditions cannot participate in aquatic therapy:
- Bowel and bladder incontinence
- Severe cardiac problems
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Significant respiratory disease
- Open wounds
- Open tracheostomy
- Infectious skin conditions
- Urinary infections
- Patients need to be dressed and ready to enter the pool at the start of the therapy session unless the therapist is working with them on self care skills. Patients may use the locker rooms located near the pool.
- Patients may not enter the pool area without the therapist.
- Only the patient and caregivers will be allowed in the pool area. Children will not be allowed to come into the pool area with parents who are patients. This is important for safety reasons.
- Patients need to come with their own towel. Texas Health Plano does not provide them.
- Patients must provide a lock if they would like to lock personal items in the locker room lockers. Texas Health Plano is not responsible for anything lost or stolen.
- Food and drinks are not allowed in the pool area. The only exception is bottled water with a lid. There is a water fountain located in the pool area, as well.
- We have the required safety equipment on site. If any specialized medical equipment is required, the patient should bring it to treatment.
- Patients who are ill should not come to aquatic treatment. The departmental illness policy also applies to the aquatic therapy area.
- Patients should wear aqua shoes to improve traction, both in the pool and on the pool deck.