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Aquatics & Underwater Treadmill

Aquatic therapy has been proven through research to be a rehabilitative advantage. The pool at Lake Washington Physical Therapy allows patients to take unwanted stress out of joints and place added resistance on musculature. The pool temperature is kept at 92 degrees which is warm enough for arthritic patients and cool enough for an aerobic workout on the 3HP treadmill. Chemically the pool is treated on a continuous chlorinated filtered cycle 24 hours a day. The pool is easily accessible for all injuries and disabilities and wheel chair accessible showers are also available. If you have further questions feel free to call the clinic or email a clinician at Lake Washington Physical Therapy.


Common Treatments With Aquatics at Lake Washington Physical Therapy:

  • Ankle Injuries
  • Knee Surgeries
  • Hip Surgeries
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Shoulder Surgeries
  • Stress Fractures
  • Cerebral Palsy

Background Aquatics Information

The aquatic therapy pool has evolved over many centuries. While it is unclear exactly when water was used specifically for therapeutic and recreational purposes, records dating back to Proto-Native American cultures suggest that hygienic water installations were in use at or around 2400 BC. Up until the last 20 years most rehabilitation pools have focused on passive immersion therapy by providing a static body of water, at a suitable temperature with easy access. With the emergence of exercise based treatment protocols, pool manufacturers have re-focused on innovative ways to provide resistance that is both progressive and quantifiable. Lake Washington Physical Therapy's pool is a dynamic pool and has the capability of meeting the diverse rehabilitation and aquatic exercise needs of it's innovative and informed clinicians. The smooth, patient-controlled treadmill gives a quantifiable speed, distance, and time to both patient and clinician.


Injury Rehabilitation

Lake Washington Physical Therapy's exercise programs specialize in injury rehabilitation. Our deep-water training method allows for the earliest possible return to activity. Injury healing and rehabilitation may be improved dramatically through this therapeutic technique and the programs we have created. Injuries of the non-weight bearing nature may realize the most significant benefits. (click on Carson Palmer Image to follow his ACL rehab through Sports Illustrated).


Properties of water


Buoyancy supports a body submerged in water, counteracting the downward pull of gravity. A submerged body loses the weight of the water equal to that is displaces. Thus results in less stress and pressure on bone, muscle, and connective tissue. While standing in water, the depth of the water will determine the percentage of weight bearing. It also has the properties to assist, resist, and support an individual.


Isokinetic Resistance

Resistance increases as the speed of an individuals extremity increases, flow of water increases, or the amount of surface area presented increases. Water resistance also provides the patient to load muscles eccentrically that would normally make a patient susceptible to repetitive microtrauma (tearing in muscle).


How does Aquatic therapy help?

The benefits of aquatics will be dependent on the injury, the individuals progression of healing, and the application by the clinician. The generalizations you can assume is that water-based therapy will take unwanted compression out of joints, add resistance to musculature, and promote relaxation of muscles that may be guarding against gravity.

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