Aquatic Therapy

Swanson McArthur Physical Therapy’s Aquatic Rehabilitation Center is an on-site, indoor, heated pool, adjacent to our rehabilitation gym.  It includes the following characteristics:

Double rails to ease entry and exit from the pool
Bars around the majority of the pool to aid exercise performance.
4-4 1/2 foot depth, approx. size:  12’x 20’
A variety of pool and rehabilitation equipment to challenge different
 levels of fitness.

Our Instructional Pool Program is a program tailored to meet the
individual needs and demands of the patient.  Your program is
developed, monitored, and modified personally by our physical therapists.

For those patients interested in independent aquatic exercises, we provide daily access to our pool. Independent pool programs are available for current patients and past patients for a fee.  Please contact our office for details  -  916 965-8900.

Who Can Benefit From Aquatic Therapy?

Recent studies have shown aquatic exercises to be effective in treating a number of conditions.  Patients with chronic pain (joint pain or muscle pain), arthritic conditions, painful spinal conditions, and balance difficulties all benefit from an individualized aquatics program.  

Pressure exerted on the body by the water helps to reduce swelling.  In addition, load sensitive patients respond very well to the buoyancy created by the water.  This allows for early, safe weight bearing exercises and gait training.  The buoyancy also helps those suffering from painful arthritic spine, hip, knee, and ankle conditions. 

In addition to the soothing benefits of the heated water (91°), movement against the water is met with resistance. This allows for strengthening in a warm environment with less joint compression. 

Balance training can be achieved as well due to the supportive nature of the water. The water allows for increased reaction time, it reduces the risk of falling, and it lessens the challenges to a patient’s coordination. 

Common Conditions Treated In Our Pool

• Fibromyalgia/chronic pain syndromes

• Joint replacement 

• Lower extremity joint arthritis

• Spinal conditions (disc disease, stenosis, etc.)

• Balance and gait disorders

" Restoring function, maximizing performance."

- Members, American Physical Therapy Association 
Instructional Pool Program Hours

Monday through Friday
10:30am-11:30am and 3pm-4pm

Independent Pool Program Hours

Monday through Friday 8-10am, 1-3pm, 4-5pm

Aquatic Physical Therapy
Aquatic Arthritis Classes  

Swanson McArthur Physical Therapy announces its Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program!

The program utilizes our indoor pool and is ideal or those with arthritis pain, general weakness, or other painful joint or muscle issues. The program will be directed by our Certified Arthritis Foundation (AF) and Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Instructor Madeleine Casey.
  • Classes are an hour in length, 
  • are offered M-F 12-1pm, and 
  • are $10 per session. 

This warm-water exercise program, suitable for every fitness level, has been shown to reduce arthritis pain and improve overall health. Exercises include range of motion, muscle-strengthening, socialization activities and an optional, moderate-intensity aerobic component. Led by our trained leaders, the classes meet five days per week.  Each session provides a friendly and supportive environment that encourages social interaction. Although the classes are held in the water, swimming skills are not necessary.

The AEA Certified Professional is qualified to teach Aquatic Fitness to general populations where participants are approved by their physician for independent exercise. Thus, selecting an instructor, or trainer, who holds the AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Certification helps ensure that participants will meet their health and fitness objectives through safe, effective and enjoyable water exercise.