The Benefits of Aqua Therapy

Aqua Therapy at Shell Point

Did you know aqua therapy can help ease joint pain related to chronic arthritis and other illnesses? As part of the rehabilitation process, aqua therapy can reduce swelling because the water pressure helps move fluid from the injured area back into the body. It can lessen pain by buffering movement— and warm water, in particular, can lessen muscle spasms. The buoyancy of water helps decrease pressure on joints and the spine. Aqua therapy can contribute to an overall faster rehabilitation progress. Patients can benefit from aquatic therapy for improved muscle relaxation and circulation.

By using the resistance of water instead of weights, aqua therapy treatment may include increasing joint range of motion, walking activities, strength and resistance training, core strengthening, and balance while sitting and standing.

Aqua therapy is ideal for many conditions, including

  • arthritis management and joint pain
  • gait analysis
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • chronic back pain and lumbar stabilization
  • spinal cord injuries
  • amputees
  • stroke and brain injury

Underwater Treadmills

Patients receiving inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation at Shell Point can benefit from the use of two therapy pools. The Rehabilitation Center features an aqua therapy pool with two underwater treadmills. This pool is heated to a therapeutic 92 degrees and features a lift for those unable to use the steps. The new LifeQuest Aquatic Center has a therapy pool with warmer temperatures designed for specialty classes to help ease joint pain related to chronic arthritis and other illnesses. Christine Gulotta, DPT, Program Director of RehabCare Group at Shell Point’s Larsen Pavilion, is certified by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.

To learn more about the Larsen Pavilion or to register for an upcoming inpatient rehab stay call 239-415-5432 or visit