Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that takes place in a pool or other aquatic environment. It is used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. The goal of aquatic therapy is also to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and increase the range of motion. This practice is known as water therapy, aquatic rehabilitation, aqua therapy, pool therapy, therapeutic aquatic exercise, or hydrotherapy. If this sounds like something you might be interested in exploring, keep reading, as we’ve rounded up the North Jersey spots that offer aquatic therapy.
Alliance Hand & Physical Therapy | 28 Van Orden Place, Hackensack + 524 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne
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The Swimex Pool at Alliance Hand & Physical Therapy has been specifically designed to maximize the unique benefits of water, accelerating the healing process and recovery time. Aquatherapy is offered at both their Hackensack and Wayne locations. Alliance Hand & Physical Therapy recommends this treatment for many musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and immunological disorders.
Atlantic Health System at Berkley Aquatic Club | 629 Central Avenue, New Providence
This facility offers aquatic physical therapy services in a safe, comfortable atmosphere. At the Berkeley Aquatic Club, providers from the Atlantic Health System can provide exercises consisting of simple swimming strokes with resistance gradually increased using paddles or weights to achieve optimal strength, balance, circulation, sensation, and motor control. The pool is kept at a warm 86 degrees, is handicap accessible, and only three to four feet deep, so that even those who cannot swim or just don’t like water can participate. Bonus, there are also convenient locker rooms with dressing, bathroom, and shower facilities.
Ivy Rehab Network | 210 North Avenue East, Cranford
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Certified therapists at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy have completed advanced training courses specifically for aquatic therapy. They will provide one-on-one attention during treatment in the pool. The aquatic therapy at Ivy Rehab’s Cranford location can be used to treat and aid a wide range of conditions.
RWJ Barnabas Health | Multiple Locations
If you’re an athlete recovering from a sport-specific injury, or if you experience chronic pain or impaired balance – aquatic therapy treatment at RWJ Barnabas Health might be the answer for you. The aquatic therapy is done under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. This treatment is offered at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick), RWJ Physical Therapy (Carteret), and RWJ Physical Therapy (Scotch Plains).
Somerset Rehabilitation Services | 903 Route 202N at Quick Ave, Raritan
Aquatic therapy is only one of many advanced therapeutic programs at Somerset Rehab. It boasts “extraordinary patient amenities,” according to its website. These amenities include a fully heated therapeutic exercise pool along with a bubbly Jacuzzi. Somerset Rehab tries to make the entire process as easy as possible with all-day appointment options. A team of physical therapists tailor treatments and exercise programs to the needs of each patient, and Somerset accepts most insurance to try to make its high-quality care as affordable as possible.
SportsCare Physical Therapy | 50 Route 46 E, Mountain Lakes
At SportsCare Physical Therapy’s Mountain Lakes location, there is an indoor heated therapeutic pool. The private pool area is for one-on-one treatment and has steps for easy entry, hydrotherapy jets, adjustable current settings, and an underwater treadmill. You can expect your physical therapist to perform an initial evaluation to determine the frequency of treatments and specific programs for your needs.