BLOOMINGTON, ILL. -- Individuals receiving physical therapy at the Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center in Bloomington may now have the option to include aquatic therapy in their treatment, thanks to the center’s new HydroWorx® 3500 therapy pool.
The 12-by-16-foot pool contains a variable speed underwater treadmill useful for gait training sports-specific activities and other types of aquatic therapy. The pool also has resistance therapy jets that help with orthopedic therapy, rehabilitation and deep tissue massage. It maintains a 92-degree water temperature and is handicapped-accessible.
“The buoyant force of water eliminates 90 percent of a person’s body weight,” says Michael Vogel, manager of therapy services at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center. “Aquatic therapy takes advantage of this hydrostatic pressure to promote the healing of injured tissue by reducing joint stiffness, decreasing swelling and lowering blood pressure.”
Flexibility, cardiovascular stamina and muscle tone are also improved by the resistance the water provides, Vogel adds. With the assistance of physical therapists, and coupled with the therapeutic warmth of the water, patients experience substantially decreased joint compression and pain.
Less pain translates to faster improvement, as patients can achieve earlier range-of-motion gains and can handle certain weight-bearing activities in water that would be still too painful to do outside the pool.
Aquatic therapy can be especially helpful for conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, rehab following surgery, chronic pain, sports or work-related injuries, and injuries to the back, neck, shoulder, knee or ankle.
A physician’s referral is required to participate in aquatic therapy.
For more information, contact Advocate BroMenn Medical Center’s Therapy Services, 309.556.7900, or visit www.advocatehealth.com/bromenn/aquatic-therapy. Video of the pool can be viewed at www.youtube.com/advocatehealthcare.
The Advocate BroMenn Outpatient Center is located at 3024 E. Empire St., Bloomington.
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