Aquatic Physical Therapy is the evidence-based and skilled practice of physical therapy in an aquatic environment by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist. Aquatic Physical Therapy includes but is not limited to treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness and fitness of patient/client populations in an aquatic environment with or without the use of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, or supportive devices and equipment.

The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance treatments for patients/clients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) diseases, disorders, or conditions. The unique properties of the water can offer assistance to move the spine and extremities as well as provide resistance for strengthening these areas.

Aquatic Physical Therapy interventions are designed to improve or maintain:

  • function
  • aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning
  • balance, coordination and agility
  • body mechanics and postural stabilization
  • flexibility
  • gait and locomotion
  • relaxation
  • muscle strength, power, and endurance

Our custom therapy pool at Austin Physical Therapy is 18’ x 38’ with 3 different depths 3 feet (~ waist deep), 4 feet (~ chest deep) and 7 feet. The pool temperature is 88-90 degrees and a lift is available for those unable to negotiate the steps. 

We offer individual and group therapy sessions. 

shallow end of pool with stairs