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Aquatic Rehab offers alternative approach

For those who may not be ready for traditional therapies, aquatic rehab is available at three convenient locations throughout the metro.

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Some injured, arthritic, or weakened bodies aren’t ready for the rigors of conventional physical therapy. For those patients, Saint Luke’s offers aquatic therapy – a gentle introduction to regaining movement through pool exercises.

Saint Luke’s offers aquatic therapy at Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee's Summit, where an indoor pool features a lift device for easy maneuvering in and out of the water. We utilize qualified and experienced therapists for the aquatic therapy programs. 

Aquatic therapy can help patients with a wide range of challenges:

  • Ankle injury or pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain or injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint replacement
  • Stroke – usually for high-performing patients

Because of its density, water provides an excellent therapy environment. Merely moving through water is a form of resistance exercise. It puts demand on the heart and muscles, but reduces pressure on the joints. The buoyancy of water is conducive to making improvements in balance and core strength, as well as improvements in flexibility, range of motion, gait, and endurance.

Transitioning to traditional therapy

Aquatic therapy is typically prescribed for one to two months, but you and your therapist will know you’re ready to get out of the water when your healing body can tolerate doing therapy exercises on dry land.



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