Aquatic Therapy

Discover the healing, restorative effects of guided movement in Weymouth Club’s warm water pool.

Overview

Weymouth Club hosts aquatic therapy for non-members and members in our warm-water therapy pool, which is 4-feet deep and heated to 92 degrees. Our partner, Bay State Physical Therapy, provides services.

(For information about Weymouth Club’s warm water therapy classes (not managed by Bay State Physical Therapy, click here).

Hours of Operation

Available by appointment only: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call (781) 335-1151 for information.

FAQ

What is aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy targets surface and deep-stabilizing muscles that typically are not activated during land-based exercises. Moving in water also decompresses the spine, which puts less stress on joints, promotes upright posture, reduces pain and increases stability.

Both land and pool therapies are effective individually, but often, the best results can come from the two methods being used in combination.

Who can benefit from aquatic therapy?

Guided movement in water can have therapeutic benefits for people with these conditions:

  • Postoperative hip, knee and shoulder replacement
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis and rheumatic disease
  • People with spinal problems, scoliosis and postural dysfunction
  • Cervical injuries and whiplash
  • Post-stroke
  • Joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome
  • Balance deficits and gait abnormalities
  • Edema and swelling
  • Altered tone and other neurological issues

How can aquatic therapy help me?

Benefits of aquatic therapy include:

  • Makes you feel better!
  • Reduces swelling
  • Decreases weight-bearing status when walking and negotiating stairs
  • Activates deep-stabilizing muscles
  • Builds community and patient support/interaction
  • Increases tolerance for more difficult workouts with less stress on the body

How does aquatic therapy work?

Before you begin an aquatic therapy program, a Bay State physical therapist will evaluate you, tell you what to expect, develop an individualized treatment plan and answer your questions.

Buoyancy decreases the stress on your joints and eases muscle tightness and tensing due to pain. It also increases your range of motion and joint flexibility.

Hydrostatic pressure helps to increase blood flow upon entering the water and reduce swelling.

Viscosity allows multiple muscle groups to work together because the body is under constant resistance. This allows for more controlled movement, decreasing the risk of injury and allowing for more successful balance training.

Temperature (92 degrees in Weymouth Club’s warm-water therapy pool) helps to reduce muscle guarding and improve range of motion and circulation. Bay State patients also can swim in our deep-water pools that range from 82 to 86 degrees.