The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center houses a 25-by-50 foot indoor heated community pool and spa. The center offers several community aquatic programs in addition to physician-referred aquatic therapy programs.

Aquatic Physical Therapy
A physician referral is required. The business office will assist with insurance pre-authorization. Aquatic therapy is beneficial for the following conditions:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Following total joint replacement
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Following joint reconstructive surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Neuromuscular conditions: stroke, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy
  • Oncology patients needing reconditioning

Exercise in water provides:

  • Reduced weight bearing
  • Earlier gait training
  • Joint protection
  • Earlier mobilization
  • Range of motion, strengthening and endurance
  • Pain control
  • Balance and resistance training
  • Improved bone density through controlled-weight bearing
  • Edema control
  • General conditioning in weight-reduced environment
  • Trunk stabilization

Aquatic Aftercare Program
Aftercare is designed for the therapy patient who has completed their physical therapy program but would like to continue with their exercises. Orientation to the program with an exercise specialist is required. A current physican release for aquatic aftercare is required.

Arthritis FoundationTM Water Exercise Classes
Water walking, upper and lower body, as well as some cardiovascular deep-water exercise classes emphasize a total body workout. All instructors are certified and will lead the exercises; however, this is a maintenance class and you must work to your own individual tolerance. A physician-signed medical release is required.

Programs for Children

H2OPE, Aquatic Pediatric Exercise
H2OPE is a fun, community outreach aquatic fitness program for children with special needs. H2OPE provides an alternative recreational activity to help meet physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs. The emphasis is on providing a fun and non-competitive experience to improve physical and mental health. This program is seasonal and not available year-round. Visit differentstrokesswimschool.com for registration information.

Swimming Lessons
Children ages 1 to 3 are introduced to the water in a way most comforting to them. Parents and children participate together in Water Tots and Tykes classes designed especially for small children.

  • Preschoolers are introduced to the fun of exploring the water through face submersion, bubble blowing, bobbing, supported floats on front and back, kicking and basic arm action.
  • Intermediate skills are enhanced through primary skills and stroke readiness.

The six, 30-minute classes are taught by certified professionals. Actual in-pool time is 25 minutes.

Different Strokes
Different Strokes is an authorized provider of the American Red Cross swimming and water safety programs for all ages. For more information about any of the aquatics programs, call 817-355-8156.

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