The healing powers of water have been recognized for centuries. North Kansas City Hospital’s rehabilitation services include aquatics programs for physical and occupational therapy for patients who are referred by a physician.
Personalized Rehab Therapy
After a thorough evaluation of your condition our specially trained aquatic therapists will tailor an exercise program using the unique properties of water to address your specific physical impairment and help you achieve your functional goals. They’ll also help you learn how to continue your exercise regimen in a community setting, if needed.
The therapy pool is maintained at approximately 92 degrees and the lap pool at a slightly cooler temperature.
Why Aquatic Therapy?
Aquatic therapy is particularly valuable for patients who are restricted from land-based therapy by pain, poor joint integrity, poor muscle tone, post-surgical conditions and other factors, including:
- When pain is restrictive, aquatic therapy can help with range of motion, muscle re-education, postural alignment, gait training and conditioning.
- When muscle weakness is a restriction, passive assistive and active range of motion is greater and more consistent in the pool.
- When muscle tone and weight-bearing status are restrictive, aquatic therapy helps with range of motion and strengthening, muscle re-education, posture and gait training, mobility, balance and coordination and can provide pain-free tolerance to movement.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy can:
- Decrease pain and improve joint mobility, balance and strength
- Provide earlier activity for people who are not able to bear full weight on legs
- Provide transition to land-based exercise program or community aquatics program
Who Can Benefit from Aquatic Therapy?
- Orthopedic injuries/surgeries
- Athletic injuries
- Chronic (longstanding) or acute (new onset) pain
- Limited joint movement
- Stroke/head injury
- Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease
- Post-mastectomy surgery
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Respiratory conditions (breath control/strengthening)
- Coordination and balance problems
Restrictions & Precautions
People with the following conditions may be restricted from participating in aquatic therapy or may need a doctor’s permission to do so:
- Inability to control bowel or bladder
- Fear of water
- Skin infections/open wounds
- Some kidney diseases
- Heart problems resulting in high or low blood pressure
If you need rehabilitation or feel you would benefit from aquatic therapy, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to North Kansas City Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services.
For more information on aquatic therapy at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.
The Pool is located on the 2nd Floor of the Pavilion.