Aquatic Therapy2021-01-26T17:31:58+00:00
Aquatic Therapy is now available again in Liverpool location only. Explore the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions below regarding the safety and protocols in place for aquatics during a pandemic.
Is Aquatic Therapy currently available at Onondaga Physical Therapy?2021-01-25T20:03:54+00:00

Yes. Our Liverpool location (only) has just begun offering Aquatic Therapy again as of 1/25/2021. As the pandemic continues, there are some safety protocols in place for aquatics: 

  • In order to maintain social distancing within the pool, we are able to schedule only 6 patients for a session at this time.
  • No more than 10 total people are allowed in the pool at one time. 
  • Patients must maintain 6 feet of social distancing while in the water.
  • Sessions will start at 2x per week – 60 minutes per session 
  • The pool is only open to Onondaga Physical Therapy during the pool times designated
Do you offer Open Swim or other classes in the water?2021-01-25T20:01:54+00:00

No, we do not. Onondaga Physical Therapy provides medically prescribed and Physical Therapist directed Aquatic Therapy services only. Questions regarding open swim and general use of the pool are directed to the staff of the Pacific Health Club. Their staff will be able to answer any questions you might have as well provide you with specific details on the Health Department guidelines for sanitation of the pool.

Do I need to wear a mask for Aquatic Therapy?2021-01-25T20:01:34+00:00

Yes, face coverings are required upon entering Onondaga Physical Therapy.

Patients (and therapists) must wear masks during Aquatic therapy sessions, as long as it is safe & practical to do so. Aquatic participants may only remove masks when it would be unsafe to remain masked during aquatic therapy, such as when the face and/or mask becoming wet is inevitable with floating, swimming activities. Masks are to be worn for the entire duration of the session outside of these situations.

As with land therapy, masks must be secured over the nose and mouth in accordance with CDC Guidelines. Washable cloth face coverings or disposable masks are recommended for aquatic therapy as there is a strong likelihood the masks may become wet during session, from swimming activities or touching the mask with wet hands. We recommend that our patients bring a second (dry) mask for this reason.

Can COVID-19 be spread in swimming pools?2021-01-25T20:00:25+00:00

Per the CDC, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through water in swimming pools. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine) of swimming pools should inactivate the virus in the water.

What are you doing to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the pool areas?2021-01-25T20:12:39+00:00

All staff members and patients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the building, to include a temperature check. Staff and patients must wash their hands thoroughly before entering  the pool area. One designated staff member disinfects all surfaces on an hourly basis or more frequently if necessary This cleaning includes restrooms, showers, and commonly-touched surfaces. Pool equipment is also cleaned in a 3:1 solution (water: bleach) immediately after usage.

Do you provide masks?2021-01-25T20:01:05+00:00

No, masks are not provided. We request that all patients bring their own masks for both land therapy and aquatic therapy sessions. We do maintain a small supply of masks that are reserved for necessary situations, such as when a patient-provided mask becomes compromised during a session.

If you or someone you know suffers from a knee or hip problem, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, back pain, a stroke or a spinal injury, aquatic therapy can be a highly effective method of treatment.

Aquatic therapy reduces pressure on joints by reducing gravity’s effect. When your body is immersed in water, a certain level of buoyancy is achieved, relieving physical stress and increasing your flexibility, for a faster recovery. Aquatic therapy also reduces pain and inflammation, decreases muscle spasms and promotes cardiovascular fitness.

The full range of benefits associated with aquatic therapy rehab includes:

  • Treatment can begin sooner than on land

  • Water flow provides assistance/resistance to body movements

  • Higher resistance promotes improved muscle strength & endurance

  • Reduces pressure on joints & spine by reducing gravity’s effect

  • Reduces pain & inflammation

  • Decreases muscle spasms

  • Promotes increased range of motion

  • Enables relaxed patient participation

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Aquatic therapy also gives our therapists an exceptional medium in which to develop customized exercise programs and treatment techniques as a prelude to traditional land-based rehabilitation. We specialize in aquatic therapy, providing the patient with an ideal atmosphere for early intervention exercises. When you are ready, our trained aquatic therapists will add resistance to progress your strengthening program.

The importance of regular sustained exercise becomes more recognized every day in these health-conscious times in which we live. The recent changes in our nation’s health services, from treating illness to the promotion of good health, reflect these views at the highest level. The conventional activities for achieving and maintaining fitness such as jogging and weight-training are, however, neither suitable nor enjoyable to many. That’s why aging baby boomers, the single largest demographic consumer group in history at 81 million, are now discovering that water is an ideal environment for low-stress exercises.

The water provides:

  • Sustained & gentle resistance for muscles to work against

  • Support to protect the weight-bearing joints

  • Uniform compression of the lower part of the body, a great advantage for circulation in the veins, which in turn benefits the heart & lungs

We have a temperature-regulated lap pool onsite in our Liverpool location to meet your aquatic therapy needs. Please stop by any time to meet our trained therapists or tour our aquatic therapy center.

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