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Aquatic Rehabilitation Therapy

No swimming skills are required to participate in an aqua therapy program. Our goal is to enhance your functional abilities within your daily life.


Aquatic Therapy sessions are staffed by Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Each patient is evaluated and an individualized therapy program established for strengthening, stabilization, flexibility, and pain control. This program requires a prescription from your physician and works well for those who need physical therapy but have difficulty tolerating rehabilitation exercises on dry land.


Aquatic Community Classes

These programs are staffed by a licensed Occupational or Therapeutic Recreational Therapist. The classes are for those who are more comfortable exercising in water than on dry land and wish to participate in a group setting.


Conditions Treated

Munson’s Aquatic Rehabilitation Therapy and Water Wellness programs are used by those with the following conditions:


  • Arthritis: rheumatoid and degenerative
  • Athletic injuries (may begin rehabilitating earlier in water)
  • Balance and coordination deficits
  • Circulator disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Generalized weakness
  • Joint replacement
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Orthopedic and/or neurologically impaired pediatric patients
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-operative spine and joints
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Aquatic Community Classes
  • Adult Water Workout
  • After Therapy Aquatics
  • Arthritis Foundation Class
  • Moms in Motion
  • Toning and Stretching
  • Water Aerobics
  • Weight Loss Program
  • Benefits of Exercising in the Water


Through the properties of warm water, patients can physically move easier and more comfortably. Due to the resistive quality of water even very weak muscles can be strengthened earlier in a therapeutic pool than on land. For those post-surgical patients, being introduced into water provides support to increase range of motion in a gravity-reduced environment. This facilitates functional abilities including transfers, activities of daily living, and overall strengthening in a successful therapeutic medium.




All staff members are certified in Aquatic Therapy, and include:


  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Therapeutic Recreational Therapist




The Traverse City area pool is located at Premier Health & Fitness, 1209 S. Garfield Ave.

(231) 935-8600


Benzonia Physical Therapy

(231) 882-0083

(Paul Oliver Off-site Facility)


Kalkaska Memorial Health Center

(231) 258-7533




Aquatic Therapy: Billed to all insurance companies


Community Classes: Pre-payment is required




To enroll in Aquatic Therapy, call (231) 935-2812. A prescription from your physician is required.


To enroll in a community class, call (231) 935-0690.


An Aquatics Program handbook will be provided to you at the time of enrollment.