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.

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 -
- Diplomats, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties -
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 (closed at 4:30pm Mondays)

Aquatic Physical Therapy
Aquatic Arthritis Classes:  coming soon!

Aquatic Massage
Swanson McArthur Physical Therapy & Aquatic Center is pleased to announce it has partnered with aquatic massage therapist, Jillian Van Ness.  

Jillian is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and holds the highest accreditation offered by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). In 2011, she discovered her true passion in the water and trained to become a Watsu® Aquatic Massage Practitioner in Washington State through the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association (WABA), and currently practices in a warm-water pools in Davis and the pool at Swanosn McArthur Physical Therapy.  Additionally, Jillian is certified to assist Watsu Levels 1 & 2 across the country.