Aqua Therapy


Aquatic Therapy for Chronic or Multi-Joint Pain

If you have chronic or multi-joint pain, aquatic therapy can make it easier and less painful to participate in rehabilitation services. We use this rehabilitation method at Munson Healthcare to improve your functional abilities and help you live a higher quality of life.

Swimming skills are not required to participate in an aqua therapy program. Our program works well for those who need physical therapy, but have difficulty tolerating rehabilitation exercises in a more traditional setting.

Individualized Therapy, Multi-Team Approach

The goal of aquatic therapy at Munson Healthcare is to improve your form and function. We see you in one-on-one treatment sessions — not group sessions — to ensure that your unique goals are met.

After we evaluate your needs, we establish an individualized therapy program for you focused on increasing strength and flexibility - and better controlling your pain. Aqua therapy sessions are staffed by physical therapists and occupational therapists. Our warm and comfortable pool is kept at 92 degrees Fahrenheit and used exclusively for one-on-one therapy.

We also offer the convenience of on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. This allows us to provide a multi-team approach if needed. Aqua therapy requires a prescription from a physician, so we also communicate closely with your physicians to ensure you’re advancing toward your overall goals.

Conditions We Treat

Munson Healthcare’s aquatic rehabilitation therapy and water wellness programs can be used if you have conditions such as:

Benefits of Exercising in Water

Even very weak muscles can be strengthened earlier in a therapeutic pool than on land because of the resistive quality of water. Warm water also lets you move more easily and comfortably, enjoying the type of support that a brace or walker provides.

For patients who are recovering from surgery, water provides the support needed to help increase the range of motion in a gravity-reduced environment. This can help improve functional abilities, activities of daily living, and overall strengthening.

Staff Expertise for Improved Outcomes

Munson Healthcare staff members who are certified in aquatic therapy include:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists

Enhanced Services in Kingsley and Traverse City in Collaboration With Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation 

Better-than-ever specialized and coordinated care is what our patients can expect with our expanded collaboration with one of the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. Our health care team works closely with experts from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation to enhance rehab services for our northern Michigan communities.

Our health care team includes physiatrists and physician assistants who provide integrated, coordinated, and high-quality rehabilitation. Their expertise includes complex medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

Our enhanced aquatic therapy services are available in Traverse City.

Convenient Locations Available

If you or someone you know could benefit from our aquatic rehabilitation services, please contact a location near you. Please click on a location below for more information and contact details.