Aquatic Therapy

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I was a patient at GTC twice in 8 years, and received excellent PT which allowed me to care for my young children on my own again. Sandy and her team were amazing, and I continue to refer friends to her. Thank you!
Louise R.

Aquatic Therapy

What is Aquatic Rehabilitation?

Aquatic therapy is a specialized physical therapy provided in a pool. Therapists work closely with patients who have acute or chronic conditions and use the water to increase or restore a person’s functional abilities. Water is the medium through which therapy can be provided. Aquatic therapy can be a beneficial adjunct to land based therapies. It may allow for earlier rehabilitation and the water can be used to either assist or resist movement during exercise. The goal of aquatic therapy is to improve our function on land.

Why Exercise in the Pool?

While in the water, the human body feels much lighter than on land due to buoyancy. The water gives much needed support when muscles and joints are not able to support normal weight. Water at waist level can decrease stress on the joints by 50%. This allows exercises to be completed more easily than they would on land, and with less stress on the body.

Additional benefits include:

  • Reduce stress on muscles and joints
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase endurance
  • Improve balance and coordination

Pool Information

  • Treadmill in pool
  • Deep and shallow areas
  • Fully trained and licensed therapists

Who Can Benefit?

Individuals with a variety of disabilities or orthopedic conditions can participate in aquatic therapy. Some of the conditions that can be treated with aquatic therapy include:

  • Back pain
  • Hip/knee injuries
  • Ankle injuries
  • Post orthopedic surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Athletic injuries
  • Work related injuries

Therapy Benefits

  1. Increased flexibility
  2. Increased range of motion
  3. Reduced pain and soreness
  4. Improved balance
  5. Improved strength
  6. Improved gait
  7. Increased coordination
  8. Increased reaction time
  9. Increased agility
  10. Improved trunk stabilization

General Diagnoses

  1. Weakness
  2. Acute pain
  3. Chronic pain
  4. Decreased range of motion
  5. Limited mobility
  6. Swelling
  7. Loss of balance
  8. Deconditioned
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Richard Kelly and Dena Aitken, therapists working in the fields of physical and occupational therapy, had a vision of a different kind of therapy environment—one that was relaxed and provided evidence-based treatment in a therapist and clinical driven setting. In the summer of 1997, they acted on their dream by founding the Greater Lewisville Therapy Center.

Encouraged by patients having a good experience and positive outcomes and the enthusiastic support of the local physicians for their concept, Richard and Dena opened a second center in Plano, Texas. Today, GTC operates more than 20 centers in DFW area cities each operated by a licensed therapist and a staff that focuses first on patient needs and comfort. Richard and Dena continue to manage GTC and hope to expand their vision into other Texas communities in the future.